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    Read more about American Government and Politics in the Information Age

    American Government and Politics in the Information Age

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    Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    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.

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    Read more about State and Local Government and Politics: Prospects for Sustainability - 2nd Edition

    State and Local Government and Politics: Prospects for Sustainability - 2nd Edition

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    Contributors: Simon, Steel, and Lovrich

    Publisher: Oregon State University

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    Our book represents a unique opportunity for three generations of scholars to reflect upon and collectively consider their decades’ long research, and the meaning of that research to both the broader society and to students of contemporary politics. Nicholas Lovrich served as a graduate school mentor to Brent Steel, and Brent in turn mentored Christopher A. Simon as an undergraduate and guided him to study with Lovrich. Steel and Lovrich have collaborated on research for over 30 years, while Simon has frequently collaborated with Steel and Lovrich for nearly 20 years.

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    Read more about Attenuated Democracy:  A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

    Attenuated Democracy: A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

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    Contributor: Hubert

    Publisher: Salt Lake Community College

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    The U.S. political system suffers from endemic design flaws and is notable for the way that a small subset of Americans—whose interests often don’t align with those of the vast majority of the population—wields disproportionate power. Absent organized and persistent action on the part of ordinary Americans, the system tends to serve the already powerful. That’s why this text is called Attenuated Democracy. To attenuate something is to make it weak or thin. Democracy in America has been thin from the beginning and continues to be so despite some notable progress in voting rights. As political scientists Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens wrote, “The essence of democracy is not just having reasonably satisfactory policies; the essence of democracy is popular control of government, with each citizen having an equal voice.” (1) Since this is likely to be your only college-level course on the American political system, it is important to point out the structural weaknesses of our system and the thin nature of our democracy. Whenever you get the chance—in the voting booth, in your job, perhaps if you hold elected office—I encourage you to do something about America’s attenuated democracy.

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    Read more about Open Judicial Politics - 2nd Edition

    Open Judicial Politics - 2nd Edition

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    Contributors: Solberg, Diascro, and Waltenburg

    Publisher: Oregon State University

    License: CC BY-NC-SA

    The impetus for this volume was a multitude of conversations regarding pedagogy and teaching related to our judicial process courses. Based on these conversations, we identified four main threads or needs of our colleagues: First, many of us bring or want to bring more “political science” into our classes, though we also want to avoid the high costs of reinventing successful existing courses to do so. Second, our programs all require a political methodology course, and we want to reinforce those lessons in our substantive courses. We want to encourage our students’ understanding of how to read and understand research studies as well as how to craft their own research questions. Third, we want to keep our courses as current as possible. And fourth, we wanted to find a way to bring the cost of our courses down, as we see so many students struggle with the high costs of a college degree. This volume (as well as any future editions) addresses each of these concerns. Open Judicial Politics is a compilation of new and original research in judicial politics written specifically for the undergraduate audience, thus providing accessible examples of political science research that also address some of the more current concerns and controversies in our field. Additionally, every article is accompanied by some type of classroom activity—from basic discussion questions to full-blown simulations—that makes it easier for instructors to adapt the material to their courses and enhance classes with interactives. The chapters of the volume generally follow the well-worn path of most textbooks of judicial politics, making the volume an easy companion for adoption, and the material should fit seamlessly into the preestablished structures of most courses. Finally, the volume is an open-source resource, and adoption of the text adds no cost for our students. Whether one uses one or ten articles, the cost remains nil. This volume includes twenty-two original contributions that we have grouped into nine parts. The studies cover the breadth and scope of the field of judicial politics, with attention to appellate and trial courts, national high courts and intermediate appellate courts, and US courts and their international counterparts, thus providing a large range of materials to complement any judicial process course or text. We are especially pleased that undergraduate students played key roles in the creation of several of these studies, performing data collection and analysis as well as complete authorship from stem to stern. For the second edition, we have added fifteen articles that continue to illustrate key concepts and aspects of judicial politics, following the same formula of empirical research tailored to an undergraduate audience, accompanied by a variety of classroom activities.

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    Read more about The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

    The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

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    Contributors: Wolters and Steel

    Publisher: Oregon State University

    License: CC BY-NC

    In this volume, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have brought together the experts who can explain the evolution of public lands policies and politics in all their complexities. While their subject is complex, their prose is clear, and while their subject is torn by some of the most viciously self-interested, deceitful arguments in politics today, their prose is calm, factual, and evenhanded. No one should underestimate what a rare and valuable gift this is.

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    Read more about Conflict, War and Revolution: the problem of politics in international political thought

    Conflict, War and Revolution: the problem of politics in international political thought

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    Contributor: Kelly

    Publisher: LSE Press

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    Violence and war were ubiquitous features of politics long before the emergence of the modern state system. Since the late 18th century major revolutions across the world have further challenged the idea of the state as a final arbiter of international order. This book discusses ten major thinkers who have questioned and re-shaped how we think about politics, violence and relations between states – Thucydides, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Clausewitz, Lenin and Mao, and Schmitt.

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    Read more about Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics - 1st edition

    Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics - 1st edition

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    Contributors: Bozonelos, Wendt, and Lee

    Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

    License: CC BY-NC

    Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics, 1st edition, is an Open Education Resource Textbook that surveys contemporary comparative politics.

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    Read more about Comparative Politics: A Practical Guide for a Globalizing World

    Comparative Politics: A Practical Guide for a Globalizing World

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    Contributors: Oberle, Kelley, Robson, Cook, Pepin, Brimhall, Patten, Williams, and Chambers

    Publisher: Colorado Mesa University

    License: CC BY-NC

    Comparative Politics: A Practical Guide for a Globalizing World is perhaps the first to be written with an emphasis on case studies from the Global South and other alternative perspectives in comparative politics. This text focuses on themes and case studies that are often missing in more traditional comparative politics textbooks, and thus is best accompanied by other resources to give students a foundation in the fundamentals.

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    Read more about Government Powers and Limitations - 1st Edition

    Government Powers and Limitations - 1st Edition

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    Contributors: Clairmont, Derstine, Metzdorf, Kemp, Thomison, Vidal, DePuy, and Solberg

    Publisher: Oregon State University

    License: CC BY

    This volume focuses on constitutional doctrine and law in the areas of government powers and limitations. It includes excerpts of landmark cases related to the judiciary and executive, contracts and takings clauses, and due process. The excerpts include the constitutional issues in these cases that are related to government powers and limitations with other questions of law and dicta omitted.

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    Read more about Writing Spaces at Oklahoma State University

    Writing Spaces at Oklahoma State University

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    Contributors: Howard, O'Neil, Driscoll, Daniel, Meints, Essmiller, Stewart, Vetter, Daniels-Lerberg, DiFruscio, Tinsley, Recchia, and Garcia-Boswell

    Publisher: Oklahoma State University

    License: CC BY

    This resource focuses on the various processes involved in researching answers to various inquiry questions and building effective arguments within and outside academic contexts. The curriculum takes students through the processes of listening/summarizing, asking questions, characterizing scholarly debates, and entering those debates in order to meaningfully contribute to ongoing conversations.

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