American Government and Politics in the Information Age

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Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9461350-4-9

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Kiersta Fricke-Gostnell, Full-time ABS faculty/ABS Depart.Chair, Rogue Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The book is not an in-depth study. It provides an overview of the topics outlined in the chapters in its table of contents.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Constance DeVereaux, Associate Professor and Director, LEAP Institute for the Arts - Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

The book is comprehensive in its intended content. The presence of links and sidebars provides a wealth of additional information that would be … read more

 

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Reviewed by Solana Kline, Professor, Central Oregon Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This text has no clear index or table of contents. It does a chapter by chapter break down in the introduction however, there is no overall reference … read more

 

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Reviewed by John Forren, Assistant Professor, Miami University, on 8/22/2016.

This text covers all of the major subjects/areas that are typically included in an introductory-level textbook on American government and politics. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Rodney Hanson, Politcal Science Instructor, Central Oregon Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This textbook covers all the traditional topics and areas of United States politics and government. Containing seventeen chapters and over 700 pages, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Glen Krutz, Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma, on 1/13/2015.

Yes, the text covers all the traditional areas of an American government textbook, plus adds an interesting theme on information transmission in … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Communication in the Information Age
  • Chapter 2: The Constitution and the Structure of Government Power
  • Chapter 3: Federalism
  • Chapter 4: Civil Liberties
  • Chapter 5: Civil Rights
  • Chapter 6: Political Culture and Socialization
  • Chapter 7: Public Opinion
  • Chapter 8: Participation, Voting, and Social Movements
  • Chapter 9: Interest Groups
  • Chapter 10: Political Parties
  • Chapter 11: Campaigns and Elections
  • Chapter 12: Congress
  • Chapter 13: The Presidency
  • Chapter 14: The Bureaucracy
  • Chapter 15: The Courts
  • Chapter 16: Policymaking and Domestic Policies
  • Chapter 17: Foreign and National Security Policies

About the Book

This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American government and politics. Governments decide who gets what, when, how (See Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936]); they make policies and pass laws that are binding on all a society’s members; they decide about taxation and spending, benefits and costs, even life and death.

Governments possess power—the ability to gain compliance and to get people under their jurisdiction to obey them—and they may exercise their power by using the police and military to enforce their decisions. However, power need not involve the exercise of force or compulsion; people often obey because they think it is in their interest to do so, they have no reason to disobey, or they fear punishment. Above all, people obey their government because it has authority; its power is seen by people as rightfully held, as legitimate. People can grant their government legitimacy because they have been socialized to do so; because there are processes, such as elections, that enable them to choose and change their rulers; and because they believe that their governing institutions operate justly.

Politics is the process by which leaders are selected and policy decisions are made and executed. It involves people and groups, both inside and outside of government, engaged in deliberation and debate, disagreement and conflict, cooperation and consensus, and power struggles.

In covering American government and politics, our text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights;explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives.

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American Government and Politics in the Information Age is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.