American government and politics today, 2007-2008 alternate ed

American government and politics today, 2007-2008 alternate ed

American government and politics today, 2007-2008 alternate ed.

Schmidt, Steffen W. et al.

Wadsworth Publishing Co.

2007

479+ pages

$99.95

Paperback

JK274

The appellation of the words “alternate edition” to this introductory American politics textbook appears to be a reflection of the fact that the book has been substantially revised and updated to reflect the results of the 2006 elections. The authors have also added new “What if.” features on contentious issues such as voting requirements for citizens, the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, citizenship paths for illegal immigrants, and funding political campaigns solely from public sources. Otherwise, the text takes a pretty standard approach to the topic, offering chapters on the Constitution, federalism, civil rights and liberties, public opinion and political socialization, interest groups, political parties, campaigns and elections, the media and cyberpolitics, the Congress, the executive, the bureaucracy, and the courts.

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