AmGov: Long Story Short Third Edition by Christine Barbour, ISBN-13: 978-1071897683



AmGov: Long Story Short Third Edition by Christine Barbour, ISBN-13: 978-1071897683

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  • Publisher: ‎ CQ Press; Third edition (March 23, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 400 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1071897683
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1071897683

All the fundamentals. No fluff. Learn more with less!

A truly revolutionary American Government textbook, Christine Barbour’s AmGov: Long Story Short, responds to the needs of today’s students and instructors through brevity and accessibility. The succinct ten chapters are separated by tabs that make it easy to skim, flip, revisit, reorient, and return to content quickly. Reading aids like bullets, annotations and arrows walk students through important facts and break up the material in short, engaging bites of information that highlight not only what is important but why it’s important. Though brief, this core book is still robust enough to provide everything that students need to be successful in their American Government course. Whether for the on-the-go student who doesn’t have time to read and digest a lengthy chapter, or the instructor who wants a book that will stay out of their way and leave room for plenty of supplementary reading and activities, AmGov provides a perfectly simplified foundation for a successful American Government course.

AmGov: Long Story Short, Third Edition helps you learn the nuts and bolts of American Government. Author Christine Barbour responds to the need for quick studying and skimming by providing the content in ten succinct chapters that make it easy to read, revisit, and return to content quickly.

Table of Contents:

Read This First (or Nothing Else Will Make Sense)
Chapter 1: Politics and Citizenship
Introduction to Politics
1.1 Coming to Terms: Politics, Government, and Economics
1.2 Political-Economic Systems
1.3 This Book’s Profound Bias
1.4 American Political Culture
1.5 American Political Ideologies
Gen Gap! How Our Birth Year Affects Our Politics
1.6 Political Narratives and the Media
1.7 Mediated Citizenship
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 2: The United States’ Founding
Introduction to the Founding
2.1 Classical Liberalism, the Social Contract, and the Declaration of Independence
2.2 The Articles of Confederation
2.3 The Constitutional Convention
2.4 Ratification
2.5 Translating Basic Constitutional Principles Into a New Government
2.6 Federalism
2.7 The Evolution of Federalism
Gen Gap! Generational Attitudes Toward the Federal Government
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Introduction to Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
3.1 The Bill of Rights
3.2 Civil Liberties—Understanding the First Amendment
3.3 Civil Liberties—Understanding Due Process Rights
3.4 Civil Liberties—Understanding the Right to Privacy
3.5 Civil Rights—Battling Political Inequality
3.6 Civil Rights—The Case of Race
3.7 Civil Rights—The Case of Gender
3.8 The Persistence of Inequality in America
Gen Gap! Generational Attitudes Toward Discrimination
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 4: The Legislative Branch
Introduction to the Legislative Branch
4.1 How the Constitution Structures Congress
4.2 How Congress Organizes Itself
4.3 The Congressional Role in Checks and Balances
4.4 Doing the Hard Work of Making Laws
4.5 Tensions That Challenge Congress’s Ability to Do Its Job
Read This! Senator John McCain on Bipartisanship
4.6 Congressional Elections
4.7 Who Runs and Who Wins?
Gen Gap! Generational Attitudes Toward the Parties
4.8 The 118th Congress
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 5: The Executive Branch
Introduction to the Executive Branch
5.1 The Job of the American President
5.2 The Evolution of the American Presidency
5.3 Presidents, Popularity, and Congress
Gen Gap! Presidential Preferences Across the Generations
5.4 What Is Bureaucracy, and Why Do We Need It?
5.5 The Purpose and Organization of the White House Bureaucracy
5.6 The Purpose and Organization of the Federal Bureaucracy: The Rest of the Executive Branch
5.7 Power Plays in the Bureaucracy
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 6: The Judicial Branch
Introduction to the Judiciary
6.1 Kinds of Laws
6.2 The American Legal System
6.3 Who’s Who and What’s What in a Court of Law?
6.4 Equality and the Criminal Justice System
Gen Gap! Generational Attitudes Toward Justice in America
6.5 The Constitution, Congress, and the Dual Court System
6.6 The Supreme Court
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 7: Parties and Interest Groups
Introduction to Parties and Interest Groups
7.1 Parties and Interest Groups Defined
7.2 The Role of Parties in a Democracy
7.3 Party Organization and Decision Making
7.4 The Parties Today
Gen Gap! Party Identification and Policy Preferences Across the Generations
7.5 Interest Group Basics
7.6 Interest Group Politics
7.7 Was Madison Right to Worry?
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 8: Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Elections
Introduction to Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Elections
8.1 The Quality of Public Opinion
8.2 How Do We Know What Americans Think?
8.3 How Do We Form Our Opinions?
8.4 The Ultimate Poll—Voting in U.S. Elections
Gen Gap! How Younger Voters Feel About Voting
8.5 Presidential Elections
8.6 The General Election and the Electoral College
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 9: Media and Political Communication
Introduction to Media and Political Communication
9.1 Where We Get Our Information
Gen Gap! Mediated Citizenship Across the Generations
9.2 Media Ownership and Government Regulation
9.3 What Do Journalists Do?
9.4 How Those in the Media Can Shape Political Narratives
9.5 The Stakeholders Strike Back
9.6 Imagine: How Citizens Can Reclaim the Narrative
Big Think
Key Terms
Chapter 10: Domestic and Foreign Policy
Introduction to Policy
10.1 Making Public Policy
10.2 Social Policy
10.3 Policy Making for Health Care
10.4 Economic Policy
10.5 Foreign Policy
Gen Gap! Generational Attitudes Toward Policy
Big Think
Key Terms

Christine Barbour teaches in the Political Science Department at Indiana University, and directs the department’s IU POLS DC internship program. She is a faculty liaison for the University’s dual-credit program, which delivers an online version of her Intro to American Politics class to high school students across the state. At Indiana, Professor Barbour has been a Lilly Fellow, working on a project to increase student retention in large introductory courses, and a member of the Freshman Learning Project, a university-wide effort to improve the first-year undergraduate experience. She has served on the New York Times College Advisory Board, working with other educators to develop ways to integrate newspaper reading into the undergraduate curriculum. She has won multiple teaching honors, but the two awarded by her students mean the most to her: the Indiana University Student Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty and the Indiana University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Brown Derby Award. When not teaching or writing textbooks, Professor Barbour enjoys traveling with her coauthor, blogging about food and travel, and playing with her dogs and cat. She contributes to Bloom Magazine of Bloomington and is a coauthor several cookbooks. She also makes jewelry from precious metals and rough gemstones. If she ever retires, she will open a jewelry shop in a renovated Airstream on the beach in Apalachicola, Florida, where she plans to write another cookbook and a book about the local politics, development, and fishing industry.

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