Book Details

  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $40.00
  • February 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-63110-4
  • 600 pages
  • License Term (days): 180
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

    American Government

    Power and Purpose

    Core Fourteenth Edition

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    Stephen Ansolabehere (Author, Harvard University), Benjamin Ginsberg (Author, The Johns Hopkins University), Theodore J. Lowi (Author, Cornell University), Kenneth A. Shepsle (Author, Harvard University)


    Connects current political science to the core topics in American politics.

    The text that professors trust to get students thinking analytically about American government now does more than any other text to help students understand the quantitative data they encounter in the course and in political news. The tightened and streamlined Fourteenth Edition also applies an analytical perspective to current policy issues in new "Policy Principle" sections.


    Expanded emphasis on quantitative data

    New TimePlots connect quantitative data to the historical development of key aspects of American politics. These visually engaging graphics walk students through long-term trends in data to show how six central features of American politics have evolved over time. "Analyzing the Evidence" features contributed by top researchers make political-scientific data and methodology accessible. A new section on the 2016 elections with new data figures throughout the text provides students with additional opportunities to engage with quantitative data. 

    New "Policy Principle" sections apply the book's analytical framework to current policy issues

    These one-page boxes draw on the ideas in each chapter and the policy principle from Chapter 1 to help students see that political outcomes are the product of individual preferences and institutional procedures. Each case provides a model for how to use the text's analytical tools to understand political outcomes. For instructors using the Core Edition (which does not include policy chapters), cases on topics such as social security, same-sex marriage, and environmental regulations offer meaningful ways to bring policy into the course.  

    A consistent and effective analytical framework

    Politics is complex and contentious. How do we make sense of what seems too large and impossible to explain? Throughout the text, the authors repeatedly draw on five fundamental principles of politics:
    -All political behavior has a purpose.
    -Institutions structure politics.
    -All politics is collective action.
    -Political outcomes are the products of individual preferences and institutional procedures.
    -History matters.
    These principles, explained thoroughly in Chapter 1, enable students to think analytically about complex topics in American politics. 

    Innovative resources help students think analytically

    The new Fourteenth Edition is accompanied by PowerPoint slides of all the art and figures from the text, in addition to Supplementary Data PowerPoint slides; a free coursepack that includes new TimePlot exercises and policy exercises; and a revised "Reading Charts and Graphs" tutorial that builds fundamental political science critical thinking skills.

      Part 1: Foundations
      1. Introduction: Making Sense of Government and Politics
      2. The Founding and the Constitution
      3. Federalism and the Separation of Powers
      4. Civil Liberties
      5. Civil Rights

      Part 2: Institutions
      6. Congress: The First Branch
      7. The Presidency as an Institution
      8. The Executive Branch: Bureaucracy in a Democracy
      9. The Federal Courts

      Part 3: Democratic Politics
      10. Public Opinion
      11. Elections
      12. Political Parties
      13. Groups and Interests
      14. The Media