American Government examines how the United
States is governed today by looking not just at present
structures and behavior but also at the Framers’
intentions and how they have been implemented and
adapted over the years.

The new 14th edition includes 2020 presidential
election results and decisions from the 2019–2020
term of the Supreme Court. Many of the chapters open
with new historical vignettes, and a new feature,
Critical Thinking, provides a contextual window for
political systems and allow students to explore diverse
political perspectives on these big-picture questions.
New Journal prompts require students to think
critically about politics today in context of a worldwide
pandemic and widespread actions against racial
injustice.