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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, TEXAS EDITION, 2011-2012 encourages students to experience the excitement that comes with being an engaged and informed citizen. This text is known nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and their processes. The addition of Texas authors Maxwell, Crain and Santos add ten more chapters to the Table of Contents, offers substantial coverage of Texas politics. The book’s theme remains the importance of being an active and informed citizen, and it provides tools for students to become involved the political process such as Politics with a Purpose features that show how a group or individual has impacted our political system and You Can Make a Difference features which highlight politically active young people and provide paths to participation. In a market where boxed features are beginning to overwhelm the core material, Schmidt’s streamlined presentation of content helps students stay focused on what is most important. In addition, Questions to Consider, which appear in the chapter opener to help students target their reading, are now revisited in the chapter summary. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.