By Alan Gitelson, Robert Dudley, Melvin Dubnick

Distinct via its "myth vs. fact" framework, AMERICAN govt, tenth version, encourages you to confront your preconceptions approximately American executive and to imagine severely in regards to the U.S. political procedure. up to date content material addresses matters similar to the media, public opinion, the very best courtroom, family and foreign coverage, schooling and environmental regulations, and financial and social welfare. The 10th variation additionally good points insurance of the 2010 mid-term elections. Now a part of the virtue sequence, AMERICAN executive deals a similar caliber assurance at a aggressive fee.

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Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Alan Gitelson is Professor of Political Science and former Assistant Provost and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Loyola University of Chicago. D. from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, his books include American Political Parties: Stability and Change (with M. Margaret Conway and Frank Feigert), Public Policy and Economic Institutions (with Melvin Dubnick), and American Elections: The Rules Matter (with Robert L.

Are American students less civically literate than students in other countries? Do American students know less about political life and their political systems than students of the same age in Europe, Asia, or Latin America? To find answers to those questions, we turn to a multinational 1999 Civic Education Study conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The study involved nearly 90,000 Myths Those stories, proverbial sayings, pervasive attitudes, and other narratives that we use to help us think about the world around us.

29 Fourth, myths often help us make sense of the behavior of others. In foreign affairs, and especially during wartime or periods of great tension, we often rely on images and stories of our enemies and allies that help guide our behavior. The negative image of our German and Japanese enemies found in movies and posters during both world wars helped to keep the war efforts going, as did the stereotypical pictures of the Soviets during the Cold War. President Ronald Reagan, for example, labeled the Soviet Union an “evil empire” during his terms in office, and after September 11, President George W.

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