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Stories of a Nation

Fourth Edition

January 2023 | CQ Press
About American Government: Stories of a Nation, Fourth Edition

In American Government, Fourth Edition, author Scott F. Abernathy tunes in to the voices of all Americans, showing how our diverse ideas shape the way we behave, the laws we live by, and the challenges we face. Each chapter features personal narratives that illustrate how the American political system is the product of strategies, calculations, and miscalculations of individuals.

About American Government - Vantage Digital Option, Fourth Edition

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Chapter 1. American Political Stories: Claiming Rights, Demanding to Be Heard
Chapter 2. The Constitution of the United States: A New Vision of Representative Government
Chapter 3. Federalism: The Changing Boundaries between the Nation and the States
Chapter 4. Civil Liberties: Building and Defending Fences
Chapter 5. Civil Rights: How Equal is Equal?
Chapter 6. Political Participation: Carry That Weight
Chapter 7. Public Opinion: How Are Americans’ Voices Measured, and Do They Matter?
Chapter 8. The Media: Truth, Trust, and Power
Chapter 9. Political Parties: The Insurgents versus the Establishment
Chapter 10. Campaigns and Elections: Candidates and Voters in a Time of Uncertainty and Change
Chapter 11. Interest Groups and Social Movements: Collective Action, Power, and Representation
Chapter 12. Congress: Representation, Organization, and Legislation
Chapter 13. The American Presidency: Individuals, Institutions, and Power
Chapter 14. The Federal Bureaucracy: Putting the Nation’s Laws into Effect
Chapter 15. The Federal Judiciary: Politics, Power, and the “Least Dangerous” Branch
Chapter 16. Domestic Public Policy: The Politics of Promoting the General Welfare
Chapter 17. Economic Policy: Representing Americans’ Financial Interests
Chapter 18. Foreign Policy: Advancing American Interests in an Uncertain and Changing World

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New to this Edition:
  • Up-to-date 2022 election coverage and analysis, particularly in the chapters on Congress, the presidency, and political parties, provide students with a current snapshot of the results and struggles of the 2022 elections.
  • Thoroughly updated throughout to account for recent developments. Please contact your SAGE sales rep for a list of chapter-by-chapter changes.
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  • Each chapter begins with a compelling narrative about real people that illuminates a central issue or problem the chapter will deal with, bringing those concepts to life. Abernathy picks up threads of those narratives throughout the chapter, seamlessly integrating the narrative into the core content. The following narratives are included in this edition:
    • How candidates during the 2020 and 2022 elections adapted their campaign strategies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • The promise and challenge of more inclusive representation in Congress; and
    • How individual presidents cultivate and present their own individual power in office.
  • Practicing Political Science boxes help students become more capable and critical readers of arguments made through data, images, and text.
  • Chapter Reviews at the end of each chapter are tied to the Learning Objectives and each of the major chapter sections, distilling key points students need to remember and Glossary terms to understand.
  • Appendices include the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Federalist Nos. 10 and 51, Political Party Affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, and a Summary of Presidential Elections.

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