The Basics of American Politics, 16th edition

  • Gary Wasserman
  • Elliott Fullmer


The Basics of American Politics offers a lively, straightforward approach to the nuts and bolts of the American system of government. The authors use a dynamic game metaphor to engage you in the basics of American government and the current contact sport of American politics.

Table of contents

1. What Is Politics?
2. The Constitution: Rules of the Game
3. The Executive Branch: The Presidency and Bureaucracy
4. The Legislative Branch: Congress
5. The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Court System
6. Civil Rights and Liberties: Protecting the Players
7. Voters and Political Parties
8. Interest Groups and the Media
9. Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism versus Elitism

Published by Pearson (April 23rd 2019) - Copyright © 2020