American Government
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American Government

Political Development and Institutional Change

Cal Jillson

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eBook - ePub

American Government

Political Development and Institutional Change

Cal Jillson

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About This Book

How politics in America works today, how it got that way, and how it's likely to change through reform—these are the themes that pervade every chapter of Cal Jillson's highly lauded American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change. Even in the midst of current challenges, America'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 now—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 10th Edition

  • Assesses the characteristics and early results of the Trump administration.
  • Covers the 2018 midterm elections and looks ahead to the 2020 presidential race.
  • Explores the political and judicial fights over ballot integrity and gerrymandering.
  • Examines challenges to civil liberties in the wake of Charlottesville, the Muslim ban, and NSA warrantless surveillance.
  • Discusses the MeToo movement in the context of civil rights.
  • Includes important Supreme Court events and decisions including the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch.
  • Presents new material on race, ethnicity, gender, and political participation, especially in the context of social media.
  • Details Republican tax cuts and their likely impact on deficits and debt.
  • Discusses the Trump administration's climate change strategy and the December 2017 National Security Strategy of the United States, looking ahead to security challenges in Korea and the Middle East.
  • Updates all data in tables and figures through the 2018 midterms.


In a streamlined presentation, Jillson delivers a concise and engaging narrative to help students understand the complexities and importance of American politics. Along the way, several pedagogical features foster critical thinking and analysis:

  • Key learning objectives at the beginning of every chapter focus students on the central learning objectives.
  • "The Constitution Today" chapter opening vignettes illustrate the importance of conflicting views on constitutional principles.
  • Key terms are defined in the margins on the page where they appear help students study important concepts.
  • Colorful figures and charts help students visualize important information.
  • "Let's Compare" boxes analyze how functions of government and political participation work in other countries—now framed by new critical thinking questions.
  • Reformatted "Pro & Con" boxes bring to life a central debate in each chapter and highlight competing perspectives; new discussion questions in each box prompt students to weigh the different arguments and weigh in.
  • End-of-chapter summaries, suggested readings, and web resources help students master the material and guide them to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Praise
  7. Brief Contents
  8. Table of Contents
  9. Special Features
  10. Preface
  11. Acknowledgments
  12. The Author
  13. 1 The Origins of American Political Principles
  14. 2 The Revolution and the Constitution
  15. 3 Federalism and American Political Development
  16. 4 Political Socialization and Public Opinion
  17. 5 The Mass Media and the Political Agenda
  18. 6 Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence
  19. 7 Political Parties: Winning the Right to Govern
  20. 8 Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
  21. 9 Congress: Partisanship, Polarization, and Gridlock
  22. 10 The President: Executive Power in a Separation of Powers Regime
  23. 11 Bureaucracy: Redesigning Government for the Twenty-First Century
  24. 12 The Federal Courts: Activism Versus Restraint
  25. 13 Civil Liberties: Ordered Liberty in America
  26. 14 Civil Rights: Where Liberty and Equality Collide
  27. 15 Government, the Economy, and Domestic Policy
  28. 16 America’s Global Role in the Twenty-First Century
  29. Glossary of Key Terms
  30. Glossary of Cases
  31. Appendix A the Declaration of Independence
  32. Appendix B the Articles of the Confederation
  33. Appendix C Constitution of the United States
  34. Appendix D Federalist Numbers 10, 51, and 78
  35. Appendix E Partisan Control of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court
  36. Index
Citation styles for American Government

APA 6 Citation

Jillson, C. (2019). American Government (10th ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from (Original work published 2019)

Chicago Citation

Jillson, Cal. (2019) 2019. American Government. 10th ed. Taylor and Francis.

Harvard Citation

Jillson, C. (2019) American Government. 10th edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: (Accessed: 15 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Jillson, Cal. American Government. 10th ed. Taylor and Francis, 2019. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.