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The Basics of American Government (Second Edition)


Carl Cavalli

Contributing Authors

Ms. Maria Albo-Carabelli
Dr. Ross Alexander
Dr. Carl Cavalli
Dr. Barry Friedman
Dr. Craig Greathouse

Dr. Jonathan Miner
Ms. Courtney Mitchell
Dr. Brian Murphy
Dr. K. Michael Reese
Dr. Charles “Trey” Wilson



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The Basics of American Government is a collaborative effort among eight current and one former faculty members in the Departments of Political Science & International Affairs and Criminal Justice at the University of North Georgia. The purpose of this book is to offer a no-frills, low-cost, yet comprehensive overview of the American political system for students taking introductory courses in American national government.

Furthermore, the work combines the best aspects of both a traditional textbook and a reader in that most chapters offer a piece of original scholarship as a case study to bolster or reinforce the material presented in the chapter. In addition, many chapters present a civic engagement-type exercise and discussion questions intended to challenge, engage, and foster student participation in the political system.

The authors undertook this project for several reasons, most notably the high costs of textbooks for students and the lack of college-level scholarship found in most American Government texts. This 375-page, peer-reviewed, edited book that combines traditional material with original scholarship will cost students $27.99, well below market standards. All of the authors are experienced classroom instructors, subject matter experts, and published researchers in the field of American politics.

Are you an instructor who’s interested in receiving a review copy? E-mail UNG Press to request a desk copy.

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You can purchase your copy of The Basics of American Government at the Dahlonega and Gainesville Campuses of the University of North Georgia.

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