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The Legislative Branch

Making Laws
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At first glance, Congress may appear to be the most intricate element of the U.S. government's system of checks and balances. It involves both the Senate and House of Representatives, both of which…
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The Executive Branch

Carrying Out and Enforcing Laws
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This book focuses primarily on the president's role in government and the choices and considerations afforded by this position, such as the formation of a cabinet and the power to create executive…
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The U.S. Constitution and the Separation of Powers

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Putting the three branches into historical context is important for understanding them, but equally important is illuminating the testing ground for their formation and solidification as current rules…
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The Judicial Branch

Evaluating and Interpreting Laws
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While the Supreme Court is certainly a beacon of the judiciary system, it is not the only element in this branch of the U.S. government. In this text, the reader is immersed into the judicial branch…
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The History of Western Ethics

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Ethics is the business of moral philosophy by which humans try to determine what behaviors are right and wrong; good and bad; noble and ignoble. Each person strives for rectitude as they understand…
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Thinkers and Theories in Ethics

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Perspectives on moral behavior and ethical action are wide-ranging, and often involve divergent standards and approaches that produce ambiguous conclusions
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Money and Capital

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Money can be paper or metal, can come in dollars, euros, pesos, or one of many other forms of currency, and can be used to pay for goods and services. Explanations of topics such as how we determine…
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Notable Economists

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In many ways, modern economics can be seen as the sum total of the works of leading thinkers in the field. Including Adam Smith with his groundbreaking study of capitalism and Paul Krugman’s study…
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Forms of Government and the Rise of Democracy

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For as long as individuals have lived alongside one another there have been governing structures—bodies established to maintain order and justice, entrusted to provide basic needs and services to…
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Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections

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Divergence in opinions, beliefs, and interests is a fundamental aspect of every society. Such plurality often spurs the development of various factions and groups, each seeking to attain its…
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Political Systems, Structures, and Functions

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Governance is a complex process, often divided among various structures and institutions. Local, regional, national, and even supranational entities each have their own formal and informal…
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The Science and Philosophy of Politics

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Complementary and mutually reinforcing, political science and political philosophy lie at the heart of the study of governance. The concept of how government could or should operate in the abstract is…
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The U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law

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Although one of the shortest written constitutions in the world, the U.S. Constitution, designed to embody the rights, laws, and guiding principles of a diverse and ever-changing populace, remains an…
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