American Government 9e + Texas Politics 6e Bundle: 9th Edition (Pack) book cover

American Government 9e + Texas Politics 6e Bundle

9th Edition

By Cal Jillson


1,012 pages

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Pack: 9781138057777
pub: 2017-02-22

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American Government 9e

How politics in America works today, how it got that way, and how it’s likely to change through reform—these are the themes that pervade every chapter of Cal Jillson’s highly lauded American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change. America’s past is present in all aspects of the contemporary political system. Jillson uses political development and the dynamics of change as a thematic tool to help students understand how politics works now—and how institutions, participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce this political environment. In addition, Jillson helps students think critically about how American democracy might evolve further, focusing in every chapter on reform and further change.

Texas Politics 6e

Cal Jillson continues to approach the politics of the Lone Star State from historical, developmental, and analytical perspectives, while giving students the most even-handed, readable, and engaging description of Texas politics available today. Throughout the book students are encouraged to connect the origins and development of government and politics in Texas--from the Texas Constitution, to party competition, to the role and powers of the Governor--to its current day practice and the alternatives possible through change and reform. This text helps instructors prepare their students to master the origin and development of the Texas Constitution, the structure and powers of state and local government in Texas, how Texas fits into the U.S. federal system, as well as political participation, the electoral process, and public policy in Texas.

Table of Contents

American Government 9e

1. The Origins of American Political Principles

2. The Revolution and the Constitution

3. Federalism and American Political Development

4. Political Socialization and Public Opinion

5. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda

6. Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence

7. Political Parties: Winning the Right to Govern

8. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

9. Congress: Partisanship, Polarization, and Gridlock

10. The President: Governing in Uncertain Times

11. Bureaucracy: Redesigning Government for the Twenty-First Century

12. The Federal Courts: Activism versus Restraint

13. Civil Liberties: Ordered Liberty in America

14. Civil Rights: Where Liberty and Equality Collide

15. Government, the Economy, and Domestic Policy

16. America’s Global Role in the Twenty-First Century


Glossary of Key Terms

Glossary of Cases

Appendix A. The Declaration of Independence

Appendix B. The Articles of the Confederation

Appendix C. Constitution of the United States

Appendix D. Federalist Numbers 10, 51, and 78

Appendix E. Partisan Control of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court


Texas Politics 6e

1. Texas and the Texans: Then and Now

2. The Texas Constitution and American Federalism

3. Political Participation in Texas: Voters, Campaigns, and Elections

4. Interest Groups in Texas

5. Political Parties in Texas

6. The Texas Legislature

7. The Governor and the Executive Branch

8. The Judicial System in Texas

9. Local Government in Texas

10. Financing State Government: Budgets, Revenues, and Expenses

Appendix A. William Barret Travis’s Letter from the Alamo

Appendix B. The Texas Declaration of Independence

Appendix C. Selections from the Texas Constitution

About the Author

Cal Jillson is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. His recent books include Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy; Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State; Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries; Pathways to Democracy: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions; and The Dynamics of American Politics. Jillson is a frequent media commentator on Texas and national politics.

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