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  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $55.00
  • February 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-65660-2
  • 768 pages
  • License Term (days): 360
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

American Politics Today

Fifth AP Edition

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William T. Bianco (Author, Indiana University, Bloomington), David T. Canon (Author, University of Wisconsin, Madison)


How politics really works and why it matters.

American Politics Today, Fifth AP® Edition, is designed to show students the reality of politics today and how it connects to their own lives. New features—from chapter opening cases that address the kinds of questions students ask, to full-page graphics that illustrate key political processes—show students how politics works and why it matters. All components of the learning package—textbook, InQuizitive adaptive learning tool, and coursepack are organized around specific chapter learning goals to ensure that students learn the nuts and bolts of American government.


Organization around chapter goals

Chapter Goals appear at the beginning of the chapter and then recur at the start of the relevant sections throughout the chapter to create a more active reading experience that emphasizes important learning objectives. Extensive end-of-chapter review sections organized around the Chapter Goals include a summary, practice quiz questions, key terms that encompass Essential Knowledge terms, and free response questions. Students have everything they need to master the material and to prepare for the AP® exam. 

Special features for critical thinking

A variety of features reinforce key ideas while introducing other important ways to think about American politics. “How It Works” graphics highlight key political processes and structures to build graphical literacy, while a new section, “What Do the Numbers Say,” guides students through interpreting quantitative information. 

AP®-specific resources for teachers 

An AP® Test Bank includes more than 1,800 questions, features multiple choice questions with various prompts, short answer questions (many with scenarios) and a wide variety of free-response questions. An AP® Instructor’s Manual has everything AP® teachers need to prepare lectures and classroom activities, along with guidance on how each chapter fits into the key concept outline. It also includes chapter outlines, coverage of common stumbling blocks, prompts for discussion and writing, and rubrics for the free-response questions in each chapter of the textbook.  

    Chapter 1: Understanding American Politics
    Chapter 2: The Constitution and the Founding
    Chapter 3: Federalism
    Chapter 4: Civil Liberties
    Chapter 5: Civil Rights

    Chapter 6: Public Opinion
    Chapter 7: The Media
    Chapter 8: Political Parties
    Chapter 9: Elections
    Chapter 10: Interest Groups

    Chapter 11: Congress
    Chapter 12: The Presidency
    Chapter 13: The Bureaucracy
    Chapter 14: The Courts

    Chapter 15: Economic Policy
    Chapter 16: Social Policy
    Chapter 17: Foreign Policy

    The Declaration of Independence
    The Articles of Confederation
    The Constitution of the United States of America
    Amendments to the Constitution
    The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10 and 51
    Presidents and Vice Presidents