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Understanding American Government

Understanding American Government
Author: Susan Welch - John Gruhl - Susan M. Rigdon - Sue T
ISBN 13: 9780495910503
ISBN 10: 495910503
Edition: 13
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2011-01-18
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 736
List Price: $281.95

The authors (from the U. of Nebraska, Pennsylvania State U., and U. of Illinois) present an introductory textbook on the structures and functions of American government, emphasizing the impact of individual features of government or its responsiveness to different groups. Otherwise, they hew to a relatively standard presentation of content, providing chapters on the major institutions of the federal government; the influence of the media, interest groups, and political parties; civil rights and liberties; and other topics usually included in textbooks on the topic. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


A textbook for an introductory undergraduate course designed to demonstrate to students why government is important, and to interest them in learning about controversial issues in American public life. It describes the mechanisms of government in the US, how and why features have evolved, their impact on government and individuals, and why they are or are not controversial and worth learning. No dates are noted for previous editions; the sixth covers the 2000 nominations but not the election, and adds a timeline of important events to each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)