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American Government and Politics in the Information Age
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This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American ...

This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American government and politics. Governments decide who gets what, when, how (See Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936]); they make policies and pass laws that are binding on all a society’s members; they decide about taxation and spending, benefits and costs, even life and death.Governments possess power—the ability to gain compliance and to get people under their jurisdiction to obey them—and they may exercise their power by using the police and military to enforce their decisions. However, power need not involve the exercise of force or compulsion; people often obey because they think it is in their interest to do so, they have no reason to disobey, or they fear punishment. Above all, people obey their government because it has authority; its power is seen by people as rightfully held, as legitimate. People can grant their government legitimacy because they have been socialized to do so; because there are processes, such as elections, that enable them to choose and change their rulers; and because they believe that their governing institutions operate justly.Politics is the process by which leaders are selected and policy decisions are made and executed. It involves people and groups, both inside and outside of government, engaged in deliberation and debate, disagreement and conflict, cooperation and consensus, and power struggles.In covering American government and politics, this text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights;explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives.

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Political Science
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University of Minnesota
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Open Textbook Library
Author:
David L. Paletz
Diana Owen
Timothy E. Cook
Research Methods in Political Science
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This course introduces some of the basic research tools in the political ...

This course introduces some of the basic research tools in the political scientistĺÎĺ_ĺĚĺ_s ĺÎĺ_ĺĚĄ_tool kitĺÎĺ_ĺĚĺÎĺ and discusses why and how certain tools are used to explore certain phenomena. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: describe the relationship between the scientific method and political science; formulate research questions, theories, and hypotheses; describe the basics of the standard research approaches in political science; evaluate the soundness of a research design; perform basic statistical analyses; execute basic research in the political science discipline. This free course may be completed online at any time. (Political Science 251)

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Political Science
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The Saylor Foundation
United States Foreign Policy
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This course will provide history, theory, and perspectives on current foreign policy ...

This course will provide history, theory, and perspectives on current foreign policy issues to provide a foundation for understanding the study of foreign policy and a variety of pressing foreign policy issues. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: identify the processes and institutions relevant to foreign policy making in the United States; compare and contrast competing theories of international relations that relate to U.S. foreign policy as well as specific theories foreign policymaking, and explain how these theories help us understand U.S. foreign policy; trace the historical development of U.S. foreign policy, including key historical events that shaped/were shaped by U.S. foreign policy, and apply this historical context to contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy; list and describe substantive and geographical issues relevant to contemporary foreign policy makers in the United States, and provide informed policy proposals for addressing these issues; synthesize information about U.S. foreign policy goals, values, contemporary issues, and trends to articulate a grand strategy for U.S. foreign policymakers to follow; explain how foreign policy goals and priorities have and will continue to change, and identify issues that will be important to future policymakers. This free course may be completed online at any time. (Political Science 311)

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U.S. History
Political Science
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The Saylor Foundation
Democracy in Brief
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Democracy in Brief touches on topics such as rights and responsibilities of ...

Democracy in Brief touches on topics such as rights and responsibilities of citizens, free and fair elections, the rule of law, the role of a written constitution, separation of powers, a free media, the role of parties and interest groups, military-civilian relations and democratic culture.

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Political Science
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BCcampus
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BCcampus Faculty Reviewed Open Textbooks
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United States Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs
Human Rights in Brief
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In all civilized nations, attempts are made to define and buttress human ...

In all civilized nations, attempts are made to define and buttress human rights. The core of the concept is the same everywhere: Human rights are the rights that one has simply because one is human. They are universal and equal. The following pubilcation gives an overview of Human Rights across the globe.

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Law
Political Science
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BCcampus
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United States Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs
American Government (POLS 202)
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This course covers American Government: the Constitution, the branches of government (Presidency, ...

This course covers American Government: the Constitution, the branches of government (Presidency, Congress, Judiciary) and how politics works: elections, voting, parties, campaigning, policy making. In addition weęll look at how the media, interest groups, public opinion polls and political self-identification (are you liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican or something else?) impact politics and political choices. Weęll also cover the basics in economic, social and foreign policy and bring in current issues and show how they illustrate the process.

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Political Science
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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Open Course Library
Cyberpolitics in International Relations: Theory, Methods, Policy, Fall 2011
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This course focuses on cyberspace and its implications for private and public, ...

This course focuses on cyberspace and its implications for private and public, sub-national, national, and international actors and entities.

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Information Science
Political Science
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
David D. Clark
Nazli Choucri
Stuart Madnick
Elements of Political Communication
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This style guide is an introductory wikibook for beginners who want to ...

This style guide is an introductory wikibook for beginners who want to produce political messages in various media formats. It is not a rule book; rather, it is a set of guidelines to facilitate effective political communication. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between two distinct styles to create pragmatic, clear, and useful information to establish a consistent tone, style, and format between all of the messages you or your organization produces.

It is meant as a practical guide for anyone, regardless of political affiliation, and it is organized in such a way that a person new to political communication can learn to create convincing and thought-provoking op-eds, letters to the editor, press releases, social media posts, website content, and spoken messages.

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Communication
Political Science
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Wikibooks
The NGO Handbook
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Have you ever seen a problem and wanted to do something about ...

Have you ever seen a problem and wanted to do something about it? Of course you have. The schools, police, government welfare offices, churches and families aren’t handling it. Others share your concerns and want to do something. That’s why you would start a nongovernmental organization, or NGO. This handbook will guide you through the steps of starting and operating an NGO.

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Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Hilary Binder-Aviles
Nationalism, self-determination and secession
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What makes a ‘nation’ and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This ...

What makes a ‘nation’ and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This unit will provide you with an introduction to studying political ideas by looking at how people who see themselves as nations challenge the existing order to assert their right to a state of their own. After studying this unit you should be able to: grasp the concepts of nation, nationalism and self-determination; have a better understanding of the role they play in current political disputes; think about the problem of how to take democratic decisions about secession; relate political theory to political practice more rigorously; take a more informed and active part in debates about national and international politics.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Faculty Reviewed Open Textbooks
Author:
Geoff Andrews
Michael Saward