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Calvin C. Jillson received his B.S. in Political Science from Oregon State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He taught at Louisiana State University and University of Colorado before joining the faculty of Southern Methodist University in July of 1995 as Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Jillson was also the Director of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. Teaching and writing in the areas of American political thought and the development of American political institutions, Dr. Jillson has written several books, including CONGRESSIONAL DYNAMICS (Stanford University Press, 1994), NEW PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN POLITICS, (CQ Press, 1994), and THE DYNAMICS OF AMERICAN POLITICS (Westview Press, 1994). His latest book, PURSUING THE AMERICAN DREAM: OPPORTUNITY AND EXCLUSION OVER FOUR CENTURIES, was published by the University of Kansas Press in 2004.Review:
"This textbook appeals to me a lot. Its greatest strengths are the clear, accessible writing style, combined with succinct discussion of the historical background behind why American politics today is the way it is, while not neglecting important aspects of contemporary American politics. I also believe that Jillson's comparative emphasis is a very strong aspect of the book."
―Christopher N. Lawrence, Texas A&M International University
"I am particularly impressed with this text’s focus on theory and history. Compared to many texts that cross my desk, it’s nice to see more than a page on the Constitutional Convention. Jillson’s narrative flow is excellent for keeping the interest of students. This text is superior to any I’ve used before."
―Brian A. Bearry, University of Texas at Dallas
"I rate this text very highly. Specifically, throughout the chapters Jillson integrates many of the political philosophical themes that he establishes in the beginning of the text. I do this as well in classroom lectures and discussions, so his text helps me to maintain various philosophical threads for purposes of classroom continuity and reflection. Jillson also writes at an intelligent level, yet his style is accessible. I appreciate this very much."
―John R. Pottenger, University of Alabama in Huntsville
"To understand American politics in a time of great change, students must grasp the numerous stresses, tensions, and processes that make American government so prone to periods of tension and upheaval. Cal Jillson's fifth edition is a masterful effort at introducing lower-division students to a 'dynamic' perspective on American politics and explaining how and why our government has repeatedly succeeded in adapting to new domestic and international pressures. The text is particularly noteworthy in highlighting the role that ideas, creeds, and political culture play in helping insure that we remain true to the nation's liberal-constitutional principles as we adapt to new conditions. There is no better lower division textbook for introducing students to a developmental perspective on American government."
―Lawrence C. Dodd, Manning J. Dauer Eminent Scholar in Political Science, University of Florida
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