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This Land Is Your Land: Introduction to American Government and Politics

Version 1.0
By Martin Saiz and Jennifer L. De Maio

Key Features

  • Written with a bottom-up or "individual-up" view of the American political system.
  • Presents overall legal framework of the American political system, followed by the fundamental elements of the Constitution.
  • Includes chapters on political parties, interest groups, and the media to illuminate how these institutions connect citizens and their representatives and make civic participation cost effective.
  • Includes chapters on domestic and foreign policy to provide insight into how the government accomplishes its goals at home and abroad.
  • End-of-chapter summaries review main points, encourage critical reflection, and challenge readers to imagine how the American political system could become more democratic.


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This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to American Government

This Land Is Your Land: Introduction to American Government and Politics seeks to engage a wide variety of students. It serves as an accessible and comprehensive assessment of the American political system, written to help students understand and participate effectively in democratic governance. With a focus on critical analysis and practical guidance, the text explores issues through both historic and institutional contexts. It encourages readers to explore and better understand different levels of active citizenship so they may choose the path that is right for themselves. This text covers the full range of topics included in introductory and survey courses on American government and politics.

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Martin Saiz California State University - Northridge

Martin Saiz (PhD University of Colorado at Boulder) is Professor of Political Science and the former Chair of the Political Science Department at California State University, Northridge. Martin formerly taught with the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining academia, Martin directed small town and neighborhood community service centers for the Center for Community Development and Design at the University of Colorado at Denver. In that capacity, he helped local organizations develop problem-solving capacities to assist neighborhood revitalization projects. Martin was subsequently appointed to the Denver Planning Commission and served two four-year terms during which he developed insights into the political process gained only from the inside.

Martin writes extensively on issues of urban politics, political parties, economic development, and education policy. His articles have been published in the Journal of Politics, Urban Affairs Review, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Economic Development Quarterly, The Journal of Urban Affairs, California Policy Issues Annual, Thought & Action, and  The Higher Education Journal of the National Education Association, as well as many other books and journals.

Jennifer L. De Maio California State University - Northridge

Jennifer L. De Maio (PhD UCLA) is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. Jennifer’s research focuses on African politics, specifically on ethnic civil wars and conflict management. She is the author of Confronting Ethnic Conflict: The Role of Third Parties in Managing Africa's Civil Wars. Jennifer has also published and presented papers on elections and the use of social media, transnationalized violence, the relationship between urban space and conflict management, women and conflict, and sustainable development in Africa, including the 2019 co-edited volume Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects. She is currently working on a project about the politics of decolonizing language in African Studies. Before beginning a career in academia, Jennifer worked as a journalist for ABC News and NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

Jennifer brings a unique perspective to the Introduction to American Government and Politics course that incorporates research from comparative politics and international relations. She uses the classroom as a stage, on which the students are "spect-actors" who are actively involved in the learning process.

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