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American Government
Stories of a Nation

Third Edition
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January 2021 | 640 pages | CQ Press
“The main strength of this book is that it presents a ‘human’ side to American Government that challenges students to think critically while still presenting the ‘teaching’ side with objectives, self-tests, and chapter reviews.” 
—Kathleen Barrett, University of West Georgia

In the Third Edition of American Government, author Scott F. Abernathy tunes in to the voices of all Americans, showing how our diverse ideas shape the way we participate and behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. From the Constitutional Convention to the protests in Minneapolis, each chapter features rich, personal narratives that illustrate how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of countless individuals. It focuses on real people, the actions they take, the struggles they face, and how their choices influence outcomes. The key concepts are memorable because they are tied to real politics, where students see political action and political choices shaping how institutions advance or impede the fulfillment of fundamental ideas. Participation is at the heart of this groundbreaking new text, with ample background on how and why to participate. Not only will all students see themselves reflected in the pages, but they will come to understand that they, too, are strategic players in American politics, with voices that matter. 
 
Part I: Foundations
 
Chapter 1: American Political Stories: Claiming Rights, Demanding to Be Heard
 
Chapter 2: The Constitution of the United States: A New Vision of Representative Government
 
Chapter 3: Federalism: The Changing Boundaries between the Nation and the States
 
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Building and Defending Fences
 
Chapter 5: Civil Rights: How Equal is Equal?
 
Part II: Political Behavior and Mass Politics
 
Chapter 6: Political Participation: Carry That Weight
 
Chapter 7: Public Opinion: How Are Americans’ Voices Measured, and Do They Matter?
 
Chapter 8: The Media: Truth, Trust, and Power
 
Chapter 9: Political Parties: The Insurgents versus the Establishment
 
Chapter 10: Campaigns and Elections: Candidates and Voters in a Time of Uncertainty and Change
 
Chapter 11: Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power, and Representation
 
Part III: Institutions
 
Chapter 12: Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation
 
Chapter 13: The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Power
 
Chapter 14: The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation’s Laws into Effect
 
Chapter 15: The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the “Least Dangerous” Branch
 
Part IV: Policy
 
Chapter 16: Domestic Public Policy: The Politics of Promoting the General Welfare
 
Chapter 17: Economic Policy: Representing Americans’ Financial Interests
 
Chapter 18: Foreign Policy: Advancing American Interests in an Uncertain and Changing World

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