American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (Paperback)

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American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (Paperback)


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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.

Cal Jillson is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. His recent books include Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy; Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State; Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries; Pathways to Democracy: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions; and The Dynamics of American Politics. Jillson is a frequent media commentator on Texas and national politics.

Product Details ISBN: 9781032293967
ISBN-10: 1032293969
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 652
Language: English