Neal R Tannahill Amer Govt: Plcy Politics 3

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Amer Govt: Plcy Politics 3

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9780673388056: Amer Govt: Plcy Politics 3

Known for its extremely student-friendly, jargon-free style, the new edition of American Government: Policy and Politics introduces the essentials of American government in a way that any student can understand.

 

Public policy is emphasized throughout to show students the impact that government has on their lives. The text also offers an abundance of new debate-style boxes and revised active learning exercises to involve and engage students in the course material and encourage them to become participants in their government. The ninth edition has been updated to include a battery of chapter tests for student study and practice, the results of the 2006 midterm election, and discussion of some of the hottest political issues of the day, such as immigration reform and the challenge posed by nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea.

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Features:

  • “International Perspective” boxes in each chapter compare an aspect of our political system to those of another country. This feature not only helps students to appreciate the distinctiveness of our system, but it also helps them to increase their cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of the world.
  • “Key Terms” in the text margins define important terms as students read them, facilitating student understanding.
  • “What Is Your Opinion?” critical thinking questions placed throughout the running text motivate students to actively examine their own thoughts and opinions on topics in American government.
  • “InPerson Learning” exercises at the end of each of each chapter are designed to get students engaged, involved in government and politics, and make them aware of the relevance of American government and politics in their lives.  Designed to work as projects the instructor assigns or students perform on their own, the activities ask the students to interview elected officials, examine recorded public policies, volunteer at a local nonprofit agency, and much more.
  • The "Let's Debate" feature in every chapter promotes classroom discussion and serves as an excellent starting point for term papers by examining various sides of a provocative, relevant issue under debate in government and politics today.  Topics include: implementation of the 9/11 Comission's recommendations, the use of polling in the media, Congressional War Powers, and the role of the Internet in today's campaigns.

 

New to this Edition:

 

Practice tests bound into the back of the text!

Now that this book is published as a "Longman Study Edition," author Neal Tannahill has written a set of chapter tests -- consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions -- for each chapter.  In addition to giving students practice taking exams, the author has designed the questions to walk students through chapter content section by section, thus ensuring student mastery of course material.  Questions can be used as a student study guide or assigned for a grade. 

 

A new chapter on the Media (Chapter 6) has been added, providing important coverage of the Fourth Estate.  Topics include government regulation of the media, how media consolidation affects news coverage, how candidates for political office manipulate news coverage, bias in the media, and the role the media play in the policy making process. 

 

The new edition includes increased or updated coverage of the following topics:

 

Key judicial developments:

  • The controversy over filibustering judicial nominees featuring the nuclear option (a.k.a. constitutional option).
  • The Harriet Miers’ nomination.
  • The adoption of legislation by the state of South Dakota that would directly challenge Roe v. Wade.
  • The Supreme Court’s ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld limiting the authority of the president to try Guantánamo detainees before military commissions.

Federal and Executive decisions:

  • Analysis of presidential signing statements during the Bush administration.
  • A discussion of the role of FEMA in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
  •  Efforts by state governments controlled by Democrats to adopt regulatory policies in areas where Congress and the Bush administration have failed to act, such as global warming, consumer protection, and the minimum wage. 

Contested foreign and domestic policy issues:

  • The controversy over NSA electronic surveillance of international telephone calls.
  • The debate over illegal immigration and immigration reform, including the progress of reform legislation in the House and Senate.
  • The role of the AARP in the defeat of President Bush’s Social Security privatization plan. 
  • The challenge to the United States of nuclear development in Iran and North Korea 

Outcomes and repercussions of the 2004 presidential and 2006 midterm elections:

  • The importance of voter mobilization, especially in Ohio, to the outcome of the 2004 president election.
  • The concept of modified party government, especially in the House.
  • An analysis of the reasons for the increase in voter turnout in 2004.
  • Partisan realignment in the American South.

 Discussion on the changing American political culture, including:

  • The ideological polarization of the Democratic and Republican Parties.
  • Analysis of recent research on a possible genetic basis for political attitudes and beliefs.
  • A discussion on whether the United States is ideologically and culturally polarized between red states and blue states.

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