American Government and Politics Today, Brief 10th Edition by Steffen W. Schmidt (Author), Mack C. Shelley (Author), Barbara A. Bardes (Author)
For many, American politics and government have never been more interesting–or more important. A new four-color design, up-to-date political news and analysis and an affordable price make AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, Brief Edition, 2018-2019, an ideal resource to engage today’s learners. Authors Schmidt, Shelley and Bardes help students understand America’s complex and fascinating political system–and show them how they can participate in the political process. Praised for its balanced coverage, clarity and readability, the text examines all the key concepts of American Government while providing interesting features that focus on active citizenship. The tenth edition gives ample space to the rise of Donald Trump, his populist campaign and use of the media as well as to other current topics such as security leaks, government surveillance and voting restrictions.
“The book summarizes the history and issues relevant to an introductory US government course. It also uses good scholarly works to add the depth and rigor needed for an introductory course.”
“This text and writing style is appropriate for my students. The topics are explained in a way that is easy to understand. It covers a lot of material and introduces students to a variety of topics without getting bogged down in the minutia of a topic.”
“The text conveys a great deal of important material in a condensed way, without sacrificing any of the content.”
About the Author
Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland and France. He earned a B.A. from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University, New York. The author of 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals, Dr. Schmidt is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and Teacher of the Year. A member of the American Political Science Association’s section on Computers and Multimedia, he is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses. His extensive commentary on U.S. politics in national and international media earned him the nickname “Dr. Politics.” A weekly blogger for Gannett, Dr. Schmidt comments on CNN en Espanol and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. He is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).
Mack C. Shelley II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., he earned a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002, he served as elected co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal. Dr. Shelley has published numerous articles, books and monographs on public policy, including The Permanent Majority: The Conservative Coalition in the United States Congress; Biotechnology and the Research Enterprise: A Guide to the Literature (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); American Public Policy: The Contemporary Agenda (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and Quality Research in Literacy and Science Education: International Perspectives and Gold Standards (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).
Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. After serving as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati in 1993, serving until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. In addition to writing articles on public and foreign policy as well as women and politics, Dr. Bardes has co-authored Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in 19th Century American Novels; Thinking About Public Policy; and Public Opinion: Measuring the American Mind. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.