Framing its content within a resonant “politics matters” theme and emphasizing public policy throughout, this accessible text illustrates the impact that government has on the daily lives of each and every American.
Through engaging and interactive boxed features and a focus on the issues that matter to most, this practical text motivates readers to become active participants in our political system, and helps overcome public apathy toward government.
Taking a public policy approach to government in the United States, this text book covers five main areas. These are: constitutional foundations, patterns of political behavior, political institutions, public policy outputs, and state and local government. Emphasis is given to the nature of democracy and the scope of government. Specific issues like taxation, regulations, campaign finance, and health care are also discussed. An appendix includes the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and , tables on parties and key officials, and a glossary. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the full text of the book, as well as audio and video clips, web links, activities, practice tests, and primary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)