American Government: Institutions and Policies, Loose-leaf Version

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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative, American Government sets the standard for public policy coverage while maintaining focus on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the United States and to what end.

Proven pedagogical features involve students in the material , including chapter outlines, suggested web links for research, and How Things Work boxes that summarize basic information and important facts.

  • Components of the media package include web resources such as primary source documents, election ads, audio clips, and interactive activities. Most of the features include related pedagogy or critical-thinking questions.
  • Chapter pedagogy that encourages critical thinking includes Who governs? And to What Ends? questions that open each chapter to engage students in the material, and Reconsidering Who Governs and Reconsidering to What Ends at the close of the chapter to emphasize the complexity of the questions.
  • Landmark Cases features identify influential Supreme Court decisions in areas such as affirmative action, the media, and foreign affairs.
  • What Would You Do? boxes in relevant chapters help students act as decision makers by presenting them with a realistic domestic policy issue, which they can consider in a paper or class discussion.

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James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to this textbook remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

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