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- Full title: American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials, 20th Edition
- Edition: 20th
- Copyright year: 2022
- Publisher: Cengage Learning
- Author: Barbara A. Bardes; Mack C. Shelley; Steffen W. Schmidt
- ISBN: 9780357458525, 9780357458525
- Format: PDF
Description of American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials, 20th Edition:
Bardes/Shelley/Schmidt’s AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, THE ESSENTIALS, 20th Edition, equips you with the tools and knowledge you need to become an active, informed participant in the U.S. political process. Making politics personal, it focuses on how government impacts you — now and in the future. Unbiased, concisely organized and updated with 2020 election analysis, it delivers thorough coverage in a streamlined, easy-to-read format. Emphasizing critical thinking about political issues, it encourages you to become involved in the political process. Current, compelling and thought-provoking examples offer insight into such pressing issues as the global COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, police brutality, economic inequality and more.Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Table of Contents of American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials, 20th Edition PDF ebook:
Brief ContentsDetailed ContentsFeaturesA Letter to InstructorsA Letter to StudentsMindTapResourcesAcknowledgmentsReviewersAbout the AuthorsCareer OpportunitiesTake Action: A Guide to Political ParticipationChapter 1: The Democratic RepublicWhat if… We Had No Bill of Rights?Politics and GovernmentDemocracy and Other Forms of GovernmentFundamental ValuesPolitical IdeologiesThe Changing Face of AmericaChapter 2: The ConstitutionWhat if… The Founders Adopted a Parliamentary System?The Colonial BackgroundAn Independent ConfederationThe Constitutional ConventionThe Difficult Road to RatificationAltering the ConstitutionChapter 3: FederalismWhat if… Recreational Cannabis Were Legal Everywhere?Federalism and Its AlternativesThe Constitutional Basis for American FederalismDefining Constitutional Powers-the Early YearsThe Continuing Dispute Over the Division of PowerThe Politics of FederalismChapter 4: Civil LibertiesWhat if… Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?The Constitutional Bases of Our LibertiesFreedom of ReligionFreedom of ExpressionThe Right to PrivacyCivil Liberties Versus Security IssuesThe Great Balancing Act: The Rights of the Accused Versus the Rights of SocietyChapter 5: Civil RightsWhat if… We Deported Most Unauthorized Immigrants?The African American Experience and the Civil Rights MovementCivil Rights and the CourtsExperiences of Other Minority GroupsWomen’s Struggle for Equal RightsThe Rights and Status of Gay Males and LesbiansThe Rights and Status of JuvenilesChapter 6: Public Opinion and Political SocializationWhat if… Politicians Really Listened to the Polls?Public Opinion and Political SocializationPolitical Preferences and Voting BehaviorMeasuring Public OpinionPublic Opinion and the Political ProcessChapter 7: Interest GroupsWhat if… We Let More People Live in Big Cities?Interest Group FundamentalsTypes of Interest GroupsThe Influence of Interest GroupsInterest Group StrategiesRegulating LobbyistsChapter 8: Political PartiesWhat if… We Had No Political Parties?Political Parties in the United StatesA History of Political Parties in the United StatesThe Two Major U.S. Parties TodayWhy Has the Two-Party System Endured?Mechanisms of Political ChangeChapter 9: Campaigns and ElectionsWhat if… We Elected the President by Popular Vote?The Twenty-First-Century CampaignFinancing the CampaignRunning for President: The Longest CampaignHow Are Elections Conducted?Turning Out to VoteChapter 10: The MediaWhat if… There Were No Newspapers?The Roles of the MediaThe Media and Political CampaignsGovernment Regulation of the MediaOpinion and Bias in the MediaChapter 11: The CongressWhat if… We Used Proportional Representation to Elect the House?The Nature and Functions of CongressHouse-Senate Differences and Congressional PerksCongressional Elections and ApportionmentHow Congress Is OrganizedLawmaking and BudgetingChapter 12: The PresidentWhat if… A Winning Presidential Candidate Dies Before Taking Office?Who Can Become President?The Many Roles of the PresidentPresidential PowersThe Executive OrganizationThe Vice PresidentChapter 13: The Executive BranchWhat if… We Tightened Our Gun Control Laws?The Nature and Scope of the Federal BureaucracyThe Organization of the Executive BranchStaffing the BureaucracyModern Attempts at Bureaucratic ReformBureaucrats as Politicians and PolicymakersChapter 14: The CourtsWhat if… The Democrats Increased the Number of Supreme Court Justices?Sources of American LawThe Federal Court SystemThe Supreme Court at WorkThe Selection of Federal JudgesPolicymaking and the CourtsChapter 15: Domestic and Economic PolicyWhat if… We Returned to the Gold Standard?The Policymaking Process: The CARES ActHealth Care in the Twenty-first CenturyCrime in the Twenty-First CenturyEnergy and the EnvironmentThe Politics of Economic Decision MakingThe Politics of TaxesChapter 16: Foreign PolicyWhat if… The United States Adopted a Policy of Economic Isolationism?Facing the World: Foreign and Defense PoliciesTerrorism and WarfareU.S. Diplomatic EffortsWho Makes Foreign Policy?The Major Foreign Policy ThemesAppendix A: The Declaration of IndependenceAppendix B: The Constitution of the United StatesAppendix C: Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 51, and 78Appendix D: Justices of the United States Supreme Court since 1900Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1904Appendix F: Presidents of the United StatesGlossaryIndex