Acclaimed for its clear writing and the scholarship of its prominent authors, this text offers students a comprehensive and sophisticated examination of who governs in America and to what end. With a compelling and accessible writing style, the authors explore the roots of the United States' political system, the institutions of American government, and the historical development of procedures, actors, and policies. American Government's treatment of public policy continues to set the standard in the field with seven full chapters on policymaking, domestic, and foreign policy issues. In the Post 9/11 Update, the authors examine the September 11 attacks and their impact on American politics. The updated version includes new discussions of the affects of terrorism on civil liberties as well as Osama Bin Laden's role in the attacks.
- Enduring Questions at the beginning of every chapter spark students' interest and give them a larger framework in to which to think about chapter materials.
- How Things Work boxes summarize basic information and important facts that students must know to understand how politics work.
- The Rules of Politics, offers a glimpse at the "lighter" side of things.
- Discussion of the question "Can a Democracy Fight a War Against Terrorists?"
- Outlines appear at the beginning of each chapter and Internet resources are provided at each chapter's end.