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The basics of American government

Author: Carl Douglas Cavalli
Publisher: Dahlonega, Georgia : University of North Georgia Press, 2017 ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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The Basics of American Government is a collaborative effort among eight current and one former faculty members in the Departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice at University of North Georgia. The purpose of this book is to offer a no-frills, low-cost, yet comprehensive overview of the American political system for students taking introductory courses in American national government. The work combines  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Douglas Cavalli
ISBN: 9781940771410 1940771412
OCLC Number: 1021184647
Description: 461 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: Theories of democracy and types of government / Ross C. Alexander --
Chapter 2: The U.S. Constitution / Ross C. Alexander --
Chapter 3: Federalism / Charles H. "Trey" Wilson III --
Chapter 4: Political socialization and the media / Maria J. Albo and Barry D. Friedman --
Chapter 5: Interest groups / Carl D. Cavalli and Barry D. Friedman --
Chapter 6: Political parties, voting, and elections / Carl D. Cavalli --
Chapter 7: Congress / Carl D. Cavalli --
Chapter 8: The presidency / Carl D. Cavalli --
Chapter 9: Executive agencies / Barry D. Friedman --
Chapter 10: The federal judiciary / Brian M. Murphy --
Chapter 11: Civil liberties and civil rights / K. Michael Reese --
Chapter 12: Public policy / Barry D. Friedman --
Chapter 13: State and local government / Ross C. Alexander --
Supplement: Georgia public policy / Maria J. Albo and Mary Catherine Olive --
Chapter 14: U.S. foreign policy / Jonathan S. Miner and Craig B. Greathouse --
Chapter 15: Civic engagement / Maria J. Albo.
Responsibility: edited by Carl D. Cavalli ; contributors, Maria J. Albo, Ross C. Alexander, Carl D. Cavalli, Barry D. Friedman, Craig B. Greathouse, Jonathan S. Miner, Brian M. Murphy, K. Michael Reese, and Charles H. "Trey" Wilson.

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The Basics of American Government is a collaborative effort among eight current and one former faculty members in the Departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice at University of North Georgia. The purpose of this book is to offer a no-frills, low-cost, yet comprehensive overview of the American political system for students taking introductory courses in American national government. The work combines the aspects of both a traditional textbook and a reader in that most chapters offer a piece of original scholarship as a case study to bolster or reinforce the material presented in the chapter. In addition, many chapters present a civic engagement-type exercise and discussion questions intended to challenge, engage, and foster student participation in the political system. The authors undertook this project for several reasons, most notably the high costs of textbooks for students and the lack of college-level scholarship found in most American Government texts. All of the authors are experienced classroom instructors, subject matter experts, and published researchers in the field of American politics.

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