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How politics in America works today, how it got that way, and how it’s likely to change through reform—these are the themes that pervade every chapter of Cal Jillson’s highly lauded American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change. America’s past is present in all aspects of the contemporary political system. Jillson uses political development and the dynamics of change as a thematic tool to help students understand how politics works now—and how institutions, participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce this political environment. In addition, Jillson helps students think critically about how American democracy might evolve further, focusing in every chapter on reform and further change. New to the Ninth Edition Highlights the 2016 Presidential and Congressional campaigns and elections. Projects the likely legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency. Includes important Supreme Court events and decisions including the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the affirmation of gay marriage. Covers the continuing challenges of and to the Affordable Care Act. Presents new material on race, ethnicity, gender, and political participation. Explores growing income inequality and its implications. Pays increased attention to social media and new media in politics. Updates all data in tables and figures through the 2016 elections. Offers the most compact yet comprehensive text package available. Features of This Innovative Text Key Focus Questions at the beginning of every chapter prepare students for the major points to be covered. "The Constitution Today" chapter-opening vignettes illustrate the importance of conflicting views on constitutional principles. Key terms are defined in the margins on the page where they appear, helping students understand important concepts in context. Colorful figures and tables enable students to visualize important information. "Struggling towards Democracy" features provoke critical thinking through examining the "then and now" of democracy in America. "Let’s Compare" boxes analyze how functions of government and political participation work in other countries—now framed by new critical thinking questions. "Pro & Con" boxes bring to life a central debate in each chapter and highlight competing perspectives; new discussion questions in each box prompt students to consider the different arguments and weigh in. End-of-chapter summaries, suggested readings, and web resources help students master the material and guide them to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics.