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12th Edition

American Government
Political Development and Institutional Change




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ISBN 9781032293967
February 8, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
700 Pages 143 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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. Even in the midst of current challenges, 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 the contemporary 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.

New to the 12th Edition:

  • Assesses the characteristics and results of the Trump administration and the policy and tonal changes of the early Biden adminstration.
  • Describes numerous ways in which the American political system has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Assesses the implications of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and what it implies for our political culture and partisan politics.

  • Assesses the implication of "fake news" and "the move to mobile" for our politics.

  • Explores the evidence for increasing polarization in public opinion, voting behavior, and the work of Congress and the courts..

  • Details the impact that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had on President Biden’s attempt to rebuild U.S. national security alliances.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN POLITICAL PRINCIPLES

Chapter 2 THE REVOLUTION AND THE CONSTITUTION

Chapter 3 FEDERALISM AND AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 4 POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AND PUBLIC OPINION

Chapter 5 THE MASS MEDIA AND THE POLITICAL AGENDA

Chapter 6 INTEREST GROUPS: THE POLITICS OF INFLUENCE

Chapter 7 POLITICAL PARTIES: WINNING THE RIGHT TO GOVERN

Chapter 8 VOTING, CAMPAIGNS, AND ELECTIONS

Chapter 9 CONGRESS: PARTISANSHIP, POLARIZATION, AND GRIDLOCK

Chapter 10 THE PRESIDENT: EXECUTIVE POWER IN A SEPARATION OF POWERS REGIME

Chapter 11 BUREAUCRACY: REDESIGNING GOVERNMENT FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Chapter 12 THE FEDERAL COURTS: ACTIVISM VERSUS RESTRAINT

Chapter 13 CIVIL LIBERTIES: ORDERED LIBERTY IN AMERICA

Chapter 14 CIVIL RIGHTS: WHERE LIBERTY AND EQUALITY COLLIDE

Chapter 15 GOVERNMENT, THE ECONOMY, AND DOMESTIC POLICY

Chapter 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

INDEX

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Author(s)

Biography

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.

Reviews

Praise for American Government, 12th Edition

What sets Jillson’s text apart from other American government books, is how it connects the compromises that shaped the creation of American institutions to their historical evolution and how they confront twenty-first century challenges. The text helps students understand and critically engage important debates, from the proliferation of fake news to mass protests fighting discrimination, potential government reforms, and the historic nature of a national election amid a global pandemic.

Stephen C. Phillips, Clemson University

The textbook, American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change, by Cal Jillson, provides students with a comprehensive study of the origins, politics, and institutions of the American political system. The first chapter opens with the relationship between classical ideas and writings and American political principles establishing a framework for learning how these principles are applied through our political systems and institutions. The 12th edition contains relevant updates that give greater insight into current events and political processes. The inclusion of questions embedded in the chapter, definitions in text boxes, and thoughtful exercises are instructional tools help guide students through each of the chapters. I highly recommend this textbook because it gives a nuanced and unbiased look at government allowing students to develop their own ideas, views, and opinions.

Michelle Belco, University of Houston

Praise for Previous Editions

A book that connects the political challenges of today to the political conflicts of the past.

Jonathan Chausovsky, SUNY Fredonia

This text is accessible and well-written with a nice amount of historical/institutional background. It does a very good job of offering students a sense of why we do things one way rather than another in historical terms. I think the author’s clear writing is one of the text’s most attractive features.

Thomas Hoffman, Spring Hill College

This book truly stands apart from the vast crowd of introductory American politics textbooks.

Shamira M. Gelbman, Illinois State University

Most of my students are non-majors. They walk into the course expecting to be bored. Jillson’s text helps them get over that. I've considered many textbooks over the years and this is clearly the right one for me.

Keith Dougherty, University of Georgia

Clear, comprehensive, and concise, this is no doubt the best American government text on the market today.

Christopher Malone, Lehman College