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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: THE ESSENTIALS focuses on three fundamental topics: the importance of institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the United States and to what ends. The policymaking process and politics of policy are discussed in Chapter 1, and new Policy Dynamics: Inside/Outside the Box features integrate policy coverage throughout the text without the extra length of domestic and foreign policy chapters. Features such as learning objectives, Constitutional Connections relating current issues to founding principles, and How Things Work boxes illustrating important processes, help you organize your study and master the book’s key concepts. The state-of-the-art media package available for this text provides online tools that help you interact with the material to prepare for class, study for exams, and succeed. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.