American Government: Institutions and Policies (AP® Edition)

  • AUTHORS: James Q. Wilson; John J. DiIulio, Jr.; Meena Bose
  • ISBN-13: 9781111830038 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 720 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 13th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2006
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES sets the standard for public policy coverage while maintaining focus on three fundamental topics: the importance of institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the United States and to what ends. Student involvement in the material is bolstered by proven pedagogical features such as learning objectives, "Who Governs?" and "To What Ends?" questions framing each chapter, and "How Things Work" boxes that illustrate important concepts. A state-of-the-art media package with new online tools makes the learning experience engaging and accessible.


  • Who Governs? and "To What Ends?" are the two thematic questions posed at the opening of each chapter and then revisited at chapter's end. Emphasis is placed on their complexity by examining different possible answers.
  • How Things Work boxes summarize key concepts and important facts that facilitate students' comprehension of the political process.
  • Landmark Cases provide brief descriptions of important Supreme Court cases.
  • Research Frontiers boxes examine cutting-edge research and the implications of technology in the world of politics. Each case study closes with questions to the students, encouraging them to create their own experiments and get involved in their political surroundings.
  • Updated "What Would You Do?" features place students in the role of a decision maker, presenting them with a realistic domestic or foreign policy issue that they can explore in a class discussion or assignment. These have been revamped to be more current-events based and give the students more background information with which to make their decisions.

About the Contributor

  • James Q. Wilson

    James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to this textbook remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

  • John J. DiIulio, Jr.

    John J. DiIulio, Jr. is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and has won each of Penn's most prestigious teaching awards. He was previously Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. He has been a senior fellow and directed research programs at several leading think tanks including the Brookings Institution and has won awards from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Political Science Association, and other bodies. He has advised presidential candidates in both parties, served on bipartisan government reform commissions, and worked as a senior staff member in the White House.

  • Meena Bose

    Meena Bose is executive dean for public policy and public service programs in the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs at Hofstra University. She also is director of Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 from Princeton University. Dr. Bose teaches courses on the American presidency, presidential leadership and policy making, and American politics. She is the author or editor of several volumes in presidency studies and American politics. She taught for six years at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

New to this Edition

  • Updates throughout the text reflect the latest scholarship and current events, including the domestic health care act, Republican victory in the 2010 election, the advent of insurgent democratic revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, and the emergence of a serious debate about the budget and entitlements.
  • New "What You Need to Know" learning objectives open and close each chapter and correlate with the chapters' outlines. A "What You Can Discover" section at the end of each chapter offers a selection of websites and suggested readings, and "Questions to Consider" leave students with assessment-based essay questions, all helping students measure their comprehension and prepare for the exam.
  • Now and Then chapter-opening vignettes offer attention-grabbing looks at a particular topic in the past and in the present, reinforcing the historical emphasis of the text and applying these experiences to the students' lives.
  • New "How We Compare" features show how other nations around the world structure their governments and policies in relation to the United States and ask students to think about the results of these differences.
  • New--The book now opens with a letter from James Q. Wilson to the reader, taking a look at why he wrote his classic text and reexamining it (and its theme of Madisonian democracy) for a new generation of instructors and students.