American Government and Politics

(Second Edition)
Edited by Lee Ballestero
Paperback, 262 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5165-1919-4 ©2018
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    American Government and Politics is intended to fill a void in many introductory American government courses — a lack of focus on primary source materials. While most instructors have little trouble teaching the workings of government, few are able to instill in their students an appreciation for the core theorists and theories of government.

    By introducing students to vital primary sources and supplementing these with insightful secondary readings, this volume encourages students to think critically about key components of the American political system. American Government and Politics features readers on topics such as voter turnout, political parties in America, and influences on decisions made within the political system.

    Organized thematically, the reading selections explore the foundations of the American political system, the three branches of American government, and the psychological nature of political behavior.

    Lee Ballestero earned her Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine and is a social and behavioral sciences faculty member at Moorpark College. Her research focuses on elections, media, and institutions, and her educational interests revolve around helping students better understand their government in order to develop an appreciation for the political world.