How politics in America works today, how it got that way, and how itâ€™s likely to change through reformâ€”these are the themes that pervade every chapter of Cal Jillsonâ€™s highly lauded American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change. Even in the midst of current challenges, Americaâ€™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 nowâ€”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 11th Edition
Provides a broad assessment of the Trump presidency, of the impact on the Supreme Court of Associate Justice Neal Gorsuchâ€™s and Brett Kavanaughâ€™s appointments, and of the remarkable 2018 and 2020 election cycles.
Describes numerous ways in which the American political system has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic struggles caused by it, and the social protests in which the Black Lives Matter movement has played such a visible role.
Assesses the implication of "fake news" for our politics, both as it exists in fact and as it is used as a political cudgel. Details the impact that President Trumpâ€™s "America First" policies have had on the National Security Strategy of the United States and the U.S. place in the post-World War II international order. Updates all data in tables and figures through the 2020 elections and includes many new photos and chapter opening vignettes.
â€˘ Includes new and revised special features among The Constitution Today, Pro/Con, and Letâ€™s Compare boxes.