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.
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PRAISE FOR THE NINTH EDITION
This terrific textbook will help students get to the bottom of the mysteries of the American government and why it has been so difficult for Americans to work together for the common good. Cal Jillson expertly shows us how our past shapes our current political path, from Black Lives Matter to the legalization of marijuana, voter ID, mass shootings, and the historic election of 2016.
David B. Robertson, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Most of my students are non-majors. They walk into the course expecting to be bored. Jillson’s text helps them get over that. They find exciting things in U.S. political history including the Federalist debates, Marbury v. Madison, and the expansion of federal power through executive action and judicial interpretation. They also learn how the contemporary system works. I've considered many textbooks over the years and this is clearly the right one for me.
Keith Dougherty, University of Georgia
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS
Clear, comprehensive, and concise, this is no doubt the best American government text on the market today.
Christopher Malone, Pace University
This book truly stands apart from the vast crowd of introductory American politics textbooks.
Shamira M. Gelbman, Illinois State University
A book that connects the political challenges of today to the political conflicts of the past.
Jonathan Chausovsky, SUNY Fredonia
The ideals that Jillson so thoroughly includes in this text are straight down the middle and do not in any way cater to the right or left, which is a refreshing idea in today’s educational world. An A+ for government classes everywhere!
Drew Mowen, Ft. Scott Community College
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
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