ABSTRACT

How politics in America works today, how it got that way, and how it’s likely to change through reform—these are the themes that pervade every chapter of Cal Jillson’s highly lauded American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change. Even in the midst of current challenges, America’s past is present in all aspects of the contemporary political system. Jillson uses political development and the dynamics of change as a thematic tool to help students understand how politics works now—and how institutions, participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce the contemporary political environment. In addition, Jillson helps students think critically about how American democracy might evolve further, focusing in every chapter on reform and further change.

New to the 12th Edition:

  • Assesses the characteristics and results of the Trump administration and the policy and tonal changes of the early Biden adminstration.
  • Describes numerous ways in which the American political system has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Assesses the implications of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and what it implies for our political culture and partisan politics.

  • Assesses the implication of "fake news" and "the move to mobile" for our politics.

  • Explores the evidence for increasing polarization in public opinion, voting behavior, and the work of Congress and the courts..

  • Details the impact that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had on President Biden’s attempt to rebuild U.S. national security alliances.

Chapter 1 THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN POLITICAL PRINCIPLES

Chapter 2 THE REVOLUTION AND THE CONSTITUTION

Chapter 3 FEDERALISM AND AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 4 POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AND PUBLIC OPINION

Chapter 5 THE MASS MEDIA AND THE POLITICAL AGENDA

Chapter 6 INTEREST GROUPS: THE POLITICS OF INFLUENCE

Chapter 7 POLITICAL PARTIES: WINNING THE RIGHT TO GOVERN

Chapter 8 VOTING, CAMPAIGNS, AND ELECTIONS

Chapter 9 CONGRESS: PARTISANSHIP, POLARIZATION, AND GRIDLOCK

Chapter 10 THE PRESIDENT: EXECUTIVE POWER IN A SEPARATION OF POWERS REGIME

Chapter 11 BUREAUCRACY: REDESIGNING GOVERNMENT FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Chapter 12 THE FEDERAL COURTS: ACTIVISM VERSUS RESTRAINT

Chapter 13 CIVIL LIBERTIES: ORDERED LIBERTY IN AMERICA

Chapter 14 CIVIL RIGHTS: WHERE LIBERTY AND EQUALITY COLLIDE

Chapter 15 GOVERNMENT, THE ECONOMY, AND DOMESTIC POLICY

Chapter 16 AMERICA’S GLOBAL ROLE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS

GLOSSARY OF CASES

Appendix A THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Appendix B THE ARTICLES OF THE CONFEDERATION

Appendix C CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

Appendix D FEDERALIST NUMBERS 10, 51, AND 78

Appendix E PARTISAN CONTROL OF THE PRESIDENCY, CONGRESS, AND THE SUPREME COURT

INDEX