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  • January 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-67502-3
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    American Government

    Power and Purpose

    Fifteenth 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)


    Authoritative. Analytical. Contemporary.

    Thoroughly updated based on recent scholarship and current events, American Government: Power and Purpose remains the gold standard for teaching a political scientific perspective on American government. Thorough analysis of the 2018 midterm elections and the first years of the Trump presidency make this revision more current and authoritative than ever.


    The best text for helping students engage with quantitative data

    “Analyzing the Evidence” features contributed by top researchers make political-scientific data and methodology accessible. These two-page sections in every chapter use bold graphics to show how data and research yield important insights into politics. “Timeplot” infographics connect quantitative data to the historical development of key aspects of American politics.

    Extends the analysis from institutions and behavior to policy outcomes

    New contributing author Elizabeth Rigby (George Washington University) has rewritten the domestic policy chapters to reflect recent scholarship and current issues—and to explicitly apply what students have learned in earlier chapters about institutions and processes. In all chapters, “Policy Principle” boxes—many new and updated—highlight the various players and structures that shape current policy debates.

    An analytical framework based on Five Principles of Politics

    Politics is complex and contentious. How do we make sense of what seems too large and impossible to explain? Throughout the text, the authors consistently draw on five fundamental principles of politics to help students think analytically about each chapter’s topic.

    Effective resources help get students thinking analytically about politics

    The Norton suite of student resources for American Government includes assessable activities built specifically to complement the book and teaching resources, to help instructors get students thinking analytically during lecture.



      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



      6. Congress: The First Branch

      7. The Presidency as an Institution

      8. The Executive Branch: Bureaucracy in a Democracy

      9. The Federal Courts



      10. Public Opinion

      11. Elections

      12. Political Parties

      13. Groups and Interests

      14. The Media


      PART 4: POLICY

      15. Economic Policy

      16. Social Policy

      17. Foreign Policy