- Government/Political Science and Law, Government/Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Material Type:
- Full Course
- Academic Lower Division, Academic Upper Division
- Rice University
- Provider Set:
- OpenStax College
- Creative Commons Attribution
American Government is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected Module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. American Government includes updated information on the 2016 presidential election.
Senior Contributing Authors
Glen Krutz (Content Lead), University of Oklahoma
Sylvie Waskiewicz, PhD (Lead Editor)
- American Government and Civic Engagement
Lesson 2What is Government?
Lesson 4Engagement in a Democracy
- The Constitution and Its Origins
Lesson 7The Articles of Confederation
Lesson 10Constitutional Change
- Civil Liberties
Lesson 2What Are Civil Liberties?
Lesson 3Securing Basic Freedoms
Lesson 4The Rights of Suspects
Lesson 5Interpreting the Bill of Rights
- The Politics of Public Opinion
Lesson 13The Nature of Public Opinion
Lesson 14How Is Public Opinion Measured?
Lesson 15What Does the Public Think?
Lesson 16The Effects of Public Opinion
- The Media
Lesson 2What Is the Media?
Lesson 3The Evolution of the Media
Lesson 4Regulating the Media
Lesson 5The Impact of the Media
- Political Parties
Lesson 8The Two-Party System
Lesson 3Congressional Elections
Lesson 4Congressional Representation
Lesson 5House and Senate Organizations
Lesson 6The Legislative Process
- The Courts
Lesson 15The Dual Court System
Lesson 16The Federal Court System
Lesson 17The Supreme Court
- The Bureaucracy
Lesson 5Controlling the Bureaucracy
- Domestic Policy
Lesson 7What Is Public Policy?
Lesson 8Categorizing Public Policy
Lesson 9Policy Arenas
Lesson 11Budgeting and Tax Policy
Lesson 1Declaration of Independence
Lesson 1Federalist Papers #10 and #51
Lesson 1Selected Supreme Court Cases