With an emphasis on elections and their importance in our political system, Morris Fiorina and Paul Peterson's groundbreaking text offers a stimulating, analytical approach to American government that engages students as it gives them a unique understanding of their political system as it exists and functions today. The accessibility of instant public opinion polls, the growing influence of Internet, the ubiquitous nature of the news media, and the increasingly important role of interest groups-all of which Fiorina and Peterson use to demonstrate that America is moving toward a more popular democracy-have blurred the lines between campaigning and governing. Politicians today are constantly engaged in the campaign process-a "permanent campaign"-this has profoundly affected how our government functions today. The fifth edition of this presitgious text has been brought completely up-to-date through the second George W. Bush administration and 2006 midterm elections, includes engaging debate-style readings throughout, and is now available in a unique "Sandbox" format that allows instructors to seamlessly blend text chapters with policy material and/or selections from the "Great Questions in Politics" series.Famous, highly-respected author, Morris Fiorina, continues to helm this book. His acclaim, exposure, and influence have expanded even further with the success of his other Longman text - and media darling - Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. His name helps to make this book one of the most prestigious American government books available. Elegant, two-color design underscores the prestige of the title, avoids clutter or "pandering" to students, and offers a look and feel that is appealing to faculty who know and admire Fiorina and Peterson's work. "Making the Connection" introduces the subject matter with an opening vignette dealing with high-interest issues. Following each vignette is a list of questions and topics covered in the chapter to prepare the reader for its contents. "Democratic Dilemma" boxes ask students to think through dilemmas in the U.S political system, to weigh the pros and cons of structures and processes in American government. These are a critical thinking feature like the "Voices of the Permanent Campaign" boxes (see "New to this Edition"), except "Democratic Dilemmas" are more theoretical in nature and the "Voices" features are centered on hot current issues. "International Comparison" boxes compare a feature of American Government to a similar features in other countries, giving students a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of the U.S. system.