American Government
September 2010, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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A topic as essential to undergraduate education and responsible citizenship as the history and intricacies of the United States government necessitates the scholarship and coverage found in the American Government database.

For coursework and research in American history and political science, American Government hosts a balanced and comprehensive selection of reference material. Original content—including peer-reviewed scholar perspectives—probes the historical origins and unique structure of the U.S. government; its effect on current events and issues; its strengths and weaknesses, considered domestically and in connection with foreign policy; and much more. A wealth of biographies, videos, quotes, and authoritative primary source documents also contribute to this truly multifaceted research resource, while regular content updates ensure the database’s currency.


2019 Silver Award—Modern Library Awards, January 30, 2019


"ABC-CLIO envisions American Government serving as both reference resource and undergraduate textbook. Thanks to the ease of use, level of detail, suggested activities and discussion questions, and most importantly the IE feature, it has the potential to do both."—Choice, April 1, 2011

"ABC-CLIO has provided student researchers and educators alike with outstanding reference tools whose ease of use, expansive coverage, and analytical components make them great additions for libraries serving both high-school and undergraduate institutions. Highly recommended."—Booklist, May 1, 2012

"ABC CLIO’s American Government database provides a thorough overview that students and researchers alike will find useful. . . . One of the many useful features of this database is that it carefully explores reality. . . . Overall, the American Government database is a helpful resource for students. This database is recommended for academic and high school libraries."—ARBA, November 11, 2016


Foundations of American Government
• Principles of Government
• Origins of American Government
• The Constitution
Judicial Branch
• The Federal Courts
• The Supreme Court in Action
Domestic and Foreign Policy
• Domestic Policy
• Economic Policy
• Foreign Policy
Legislative Branch
• Congress
• Congress in Action
Rights and Liberties
• Civil Liberties
• Civil Rights
Political and Economic Systems
• Comparative Political Systems
• Comparative Economic Systems
Executive Branch
• The Presidency
• The Presidency in Action
Political Behavior
• Political Parties
• Public Opinion and Mass Media
• Interest Groups
• Elections and Voting
State and Local Government
• Local Government
• State Government


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