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GOVT (with CourseMate Printed Access Card) (American and Texas Government), 5th Edition

Created through a student-tested, faculty-approved review process with input from more than 250 students and faculty, GOVT is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today’s learners. Focusing on the current and historical conflicts and controversies that define America as a nation, GOVT is a streamlined and extremely current text for the American Government course. Its motivating debate theme and appealing modern format speak directly to today’s learners.


“I believe that the content is exceptional. . . . I would say the greatest strengths of [GOVT] are the fascinating debate and discussion questions and articles throughout the text. In addition, the writing style is very engaging. Finally the writing level is comprehensible to the average community college student, especially with the excellent use of graphs and charts throughout the text.”

“I cannot deny the fact that students did not read [my previous textbook] and are reading GOVT. The students have said they prefer this style of text. . . . [T]hey seem to engage with the style of GOVT better than other texts. . . . The Learning Outcomes are a very effective tool, and are especially useful in how they highlight the beginning of the chapter, the beginning of each section of the chapter and then tie it all together with the review cards at the end of the text. The Learning Outcomes easily relate to the Student Learning Outcomes on the course syllabus, bridging the course materials to the course documents.”

“It is amazing that in spite of its relative brevity, that it remains a fully comprehensive text. I don’t think any key points in the five chapters I reviewed are missed. I learned a lot of new and interesting information by reading this book.”

“I have used other textbooks and am currently using GOVT because of its strengths and courage to address more controversial topics without trying to politicize anything–makes for more interesting reading.”

About the Author

Edward I. Sidlow is Professor of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Miami University, and Northwestern University, and was Director of Academic Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Sidlow has won numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Mortar Board Senior Honorary Favorite Professor Award (Miami University) and the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Freshman Class Favorite Professor Award, and the invitation to deliver the “Last Lecture” (Northwestern University). At Eastern Michigan University, he served as Department Head in Political Science from 1995-2000. In 2009, he was named Honors Professor of the Year by the Honors College and was also recognized with the EMU Alumni Association’s Award for Teaching Excellence. His articles have appeared in POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION, WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY, and COLLEGE TEACHING. His recent publications include two books that focus on congressional elections and congressional behavior.

Beth Henschen currently teaches at Eastern Michigan University and is a public policy consultant. After receiving her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, she served as a faculty member at Purdue University and at Loyola University Chicago, where she was frequently recognized for teaching excellence and was named Professor of the Year by the Honors Student Association. Her primary research focus has been judicial politics, and her articles have appeared in AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, AMERICAN POLITICS QUARTERLY, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, and LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, as well as COLLEGE TEACHING, and THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION. She also has contributed chapters and articles to a number of edited volumes and has presented papers and delivered presentations at numerous professional conferences.

I enjoyed the class! The book outlines the political system. Also includes various details about the services and programs of the government.

Well written and very informative. It is for a class but i have learned alot in the first 8 chapters that i have rad already.

Product Details :

  • Series: American and Texas Government
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 5 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133956092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133956099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.3 x 10.5 inches

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