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

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By: 
Martin Saiz and Jennifer L. De Maio
Version: 
1.0
Published: 
February 2019
Page Count: 
464
Online Ebook Price: 
$29.95
Full Color Book + Online Ebook Price: 
$54.95
ISBN: 
978-1-4533-9182-2

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 and encourages readers to identify with those who want to become active citizens but don't know how to live up to traditional ideals of citizenship. This text covers the full range of topics included in introductory and survey courses on American government and politics.

  • 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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Martin saiz

Martin Saiz California State University - Northridge

Martin Saiz (Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, 1992) is Professor of Political Science and the former Chair of the Political Science Department at California State University, Northridge. Professor Saiz joined the CSUN faculty in 1999 after teaching for seven years with the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to teaching, Professor Saiz directed small town and neighborhood community service centers for the Center for Community Development and Design at the University of Colorado at Denver. There he helped local organizations develop problem-solving capacities doing neighborhood revitalization projects together with graduate design and planning students. He was 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.

Professor Saiz has taught American government and politics for 27 years. He 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 in other books and journals.

Jennifer de maio

Jennifer L. De Maio California State University - Northridge

Jennifer De Maio (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2005) is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. She holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in English and History from Georgetown University. Professor De Maio’s research focuses on African Politics, specifically on ethnic civil wars and conflict management. She 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. Professor De Maio’s first book, Confronting Ethnic Conflict: The Role of Third Parties in Managing Africa's Civil Wars, was published in 2009. Professor De Maio is also working on a NIH funded project on the ethical considerations of prevention and treatment efforts for HIV/AIDS among members of the African diaspora in the United States. Before beginning a career in academia, she worked as a journalist for ABC News and NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

Professor De Maio has been teaching Introduction to American Politics at CSUN for over thirteen years and brings a unique perspective to the subject that allows her to incorporate research from the comparative politics and international relations fields. She regularly participates in teaching conferences and workshops focused on pedagogy. She uses the classroom as a stage, on which the students are "spect-actors" actively involved in the learning process.

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