About Government in...
About the Book
In the new edition
of this popular and accessible text, the highly lauded politics matters
focus has been expanded and refined so that more than ever, instructors can
depend upon Government in America to engage students in the study of
our political system. Politics matters is a natural outgrowth of the
texts long-standing emphasis on public policy: by emphasizing policy throughout,
the authors illustrate to students the ways in which government has a direct
impact on their lives and encourage them to see why course material is so
important to study and understand. A variety of text featuresincluding Making
a Difference, the new How You Can Make a Difference, and You Are
the Policymakerunderscore the politics matters theme and personalize
our political system. Further engaging students, the Tenth Edition features
complete coverage and analysis of the historic 2000 Presidential election
and the controversies and issues stemming from it.
Complete coverage and analysis of the 2000 Presidential Election.
a Difference" boxes throughout text present the stories and experiences
of individuals involved in politics, showing the impact individuals can
have on government when they get involved.
"How You Can Make A Difference" boxes build off the "Making
A Difference" boxes by giving students explicit, step-by-step advice
about how they, too, can get involved and effect change in our system.
"Career Profiles" at the end of each chapter introduce students
to a career opportunity available in politics and government, complete with
job description, qualifications, and salary ranges. A profile of a real
person with that job is also featured, helping students to see the real-world
applications of what theyre studying and putting a face on what can seem
like a distant and nameless system.
"Why Does It Matter?" questions appear in the text's margins,
asking students to think about controversial aspects of our political system
and how things might be if it worked differently. This critical thinking
feature helps students to appreciate how politics affects their own lives
and the lives of their families and friends.
"You Are the Policymaker" boxes throughout the text put students
in the role of policymaker, asking them to analyze an issue and reach a
in Perspective boxes help students compare and contrast our political system
to those around the globe.
Student subscription to LongmanParticipate.com in every new text. Icons
in the text margins direct students to relevant activities on this revolutionary
new website, tying the website and textbook together.
Website: Developed by 11 American government faculty, this revolutionary
site offers 5 unique, highly interactive, in-depth learning activities for
each of 19 key topics in American government (95 activities in all!): Simulations;
Visual Literacy exercises; Interactive Timelines; Participation
activities; and Comparative exercises. Students receive feedback
to ensure that they learn, and instructors can track student work on the
site through the Instructor Administration Center.