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American Government and Politics in the Information Age

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Copyright Year: 2016

ISBN 13: 9781946135049

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by Andrea Thimesch, Programming and Outreach Librarian, Johnson County Community College on 4/22/22

This books level of comprehensiveness is vast. It is almost so much so, that it reaches the point of being overwhelming if it were not broken down in such a fashion. I believe this text would not be able to be covered in full during one semester.... read more

Reviewed by Sosanya Jones, Assistant Professor, Howard University on 12/14/20

The book is fairly comprehensive, almost to a fault. There's little complexity and often concepts and events are oversimplified to their most basic elements. It reads more like soundbites in places, which is probably very appropriate and... read more

Reviewed by Kristi Kowalski, Instructor, Rogue Community College on 8/24/20

The book provides an overview of American Government and Politics in a clear, accessible format. It has interesting supplemental materials, tables, pictures, etc. The additional theme of the Information Age and its impact on government and... read more

Reviewed by Bruce Stinebrickner, Professor , DePauw University on 10/23/19

COMPREHENSIVENESS AND APPROPRIATENESS. I’ve got mixed feelings about the comprehensiveness and appropriateness of the contents of this book. At times I feel like cheering because of the frequent and at times prominent treatment of socialization... read more

Reviewed by Frank Fuller, Temporary Instructor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/14/19

The text itself is quite thorough and covers a multitude of subjects on American government and politics. It has a significant amount of information to the point that there is a large degree of depth on certain key concepts. One of its strengths... read more

Reviewed by Chris Olds, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/30/18

There is no index or glossary provided. That is a definite weakness for a textbook that spans across 775 pages in a .pdf file. The book’s narrative thread of the mass media in the technology age shaping politics is unique but does not necessarily... read more

Reviewed by Nicole Pankiewicz, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University of Ohio on 2/1/18

This text is too comprehensive - at 685 pages, it's a lot of information but there's no index or glossary, and just by flipping through the book I wouldn't know how it's organized or what the main focus is (aside from the title, which I'll say... read more

Reviewed by Kiersta Fricke-Gostnell, Full-time ABS faculty/ABS Depart.Chair, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

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

Reviewed by Constance DeVereaux, Associate Professor and Director, LEAP Institute for the Arts - Colorado State University on 12/5/16

The book is comprehensive in its intended content. The presence of links and sidebars provides a wealth of additional information that would be helpful to students. A list of sources cited is included at the end of each chapter. There is no index... read more

Reviewed by Rodney Hanson, Politcal Science Instructor, Central Oregon Community College on 8/21/16

This textbook covers all the traditional topics and areas of United States politics and government. Containing seventeen chapters and over 700 pages, it presents a thorough understanding of complex political institutions and issues. It also has a... read more

Reviewed by John Forren, Assistant Professor, Miami University on 8/21/16

This text covers all of the major subjects/areas that are typically included in an introductory-level textbook on American government and politics. It also provides a number of additional features -- for instance, its "civic education" sidebars... read more

Reviewed by Solana Kline, Professor, Central Oregon Community College on 8/21/16

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 that aids in indicating topics and flow. There is not a glossary either since there are no... read more

Reviewed by Glen Krutz, Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma on 1/12/15

Yes, the text covers all the traditional areas of an American government textbook, plus adds an interesting theme on information transmission in society (which is unique). I did not see an index or glossary--however, a student could nonetheless do... 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

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  • 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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