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This is a bundled package of American Government, 7th edition, and The American Anomaly, 2nd edition.
Cal Jillson’s American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change shows students how the nation’s past is present in all aspects of contemporary politics, using the dynamics of change as a tool to understand how politics works and how institutions, systems, avenues of participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce today’s political environment in the United States.
The American Anomaly systematically analyzes and explains the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four distinct sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policymaking.
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: Local Representation and National Lawmaking 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 Place in a Dangerous World.
The American Anomaly
Part 1: The Constitutional Order 1. The American Nation, State, and Regime 2. The U.S. Constitution 3. Federalism 4. Separation of Powers Part 2: The Institutions of Government 5. The Executive Branch: The Presidency and the Bureaucracy 6. The Legislative Branch: The Two Houses of Congress 7. The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Courts Part 3: Political Participation 8. Political Participation: The Spectrum from the Unconventional to the Conventional 9. Voting and Elections 10. Political Parties 11. Public Opinion and Political Values Part 4: Public Policy and Policymaking 12. Domestic Policy: Socioeconomic Policy, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights 13. Foreign Policy: The U.S. in the World Conclusion: The American Anomaly on Balance