Emphasizes Public Policy
The text frames the study of U.S. Government within a public policy approach, focuses on the theme that “politics matters, and gets students involved in politics with active learning features. Government in America, AP® Edition provides extensive coverage of five core subject areas in a more analytically significant—and interesting—manner: constitutional foundations, patterns of political behavior, political institutions, public policy outputs, and state and local government. To render the policy focus in concrete terms, two important themes appear throughout the book: the nature of democracy and the scope of government. Government in America, AP® Edition has been substantially revised and updated to reflect recent, and often historic, changes in politics, policy, and participation.
The text has been updated throughout to reflect important developments–the global economic recession and related policymaking, and President Barack Obama’s impact on many areas of policy and, indeed, on many aspects of government in America.