Book Details

  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $35.00
  • February 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-63111-1
  • 460 pages
  • License Term (days): 180
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

American Government

Power and Purpose

Brief 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)


The brief text that gets students thinking analytically.

Based on the Full Edition of American Government: Power and Purpose, but with a simpler framework, the Fourteenth Brief Edition combines authoritative, concise coverage of the central topics in American politics with smart pedagogical features designed to get students thinking analytically. The Fourteenth Edition has been thoroughly updated through the 2016 elections, and now brings an analytical perspective to current policy issues in new "Policy Principle" sections.


Expanded focus on understanding quantitative data

New TimePlot features 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. Captions within the graphics help students identify crucial turning points that have shaped American politics.  

New "Policy Principle" sections reinforce an analytical perspective on current policy issues

These one-page boxes analyze timely policy issues, drawing on the ideas in each chapter and the role of institutions in politics. Each case provides a model for how students can use the analytical tools in the book to understand political outcomes. 

Innovative resources help professors to get their students thinking analytically about politics

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 and Civil Rights

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

    Part 3: Democratic Politics
    9. Public Opinion
    10. Elections
    11. Political Parties
    12. Groups and Interests

    Part 4: Governance
    13. Introduction to Public Policy
    14. Foreign Policy and Democracy