This unique, engaging reader presents 13 case studies each presenting a familiar event in modern political history. The event is dissected to create a snapshot of the relative institutions, policymakers, and groups that influenced its development. Factors under consideration include individual political personalities, public opinion on national policy, the role of the media, and the impact of lobbyists."Politics in Action "encourages students to take a critical approach to contemporary events and consider the impact of politics on everyday life. Case study introductions present the major topics in identifiable contexts. Key concepts in each case are clearly identified, and students are encouraged to revisit the themes while considering the text from a critical viewpoint.Wasserman, Gary is the author of 'Politics in Action Cases in Modern American Government', published 2005 under ISBN 9780618474165 and ISBN 0618474161.