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.Wilson, James Q. is the author of 'American government Institutions and Policies', published 2005 under ISBN 9780618556625 and ISBN 0618556621.[read more]
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