Affiliate(s): Southwestern Political Science Association, Southwestern Social Science Association

Southwestern Social Science Association political scientists recently joined together to publish a compelling new American government reader, Considering American Government, available from Kendall Hunt.  Edited by SSSA President Lydia M. Andrade and former political science affiliate president James W Riddlesperger, Jr., the text features chapters on a variety of current issues on US government and politics. Each chapter was written by a member of SSSA, who include (in addition to the editors):

  • Samuel H. Fisher III
  • Adam J. Schiffer
  • James F. Sheffield, Jr.
  • Jeffrey A. Fine
  • Richard W. Waterman
  • Joseph Stewart, Jr.
  • Jennifer Horan
  • Juan Carlos Huerta
  • Jo Marie Rios

Dr. Lydia M. Andrade, left, and Dr. James W. Riddlesperger, the volume’s editors


Dr. Andrade said, “The book is intended to be an engaging collection of original essays on topics which aid students in seeing the underlying relationships and workings of American Government.”

The publisher’s blurb reads:

Governing is a challenging activity and was not meant to be easy. In the American republic, the struggle to find common ground is a constant challenge. The making of the Constitution and its structured conflicts between the states and the national government along with the establishment of political parties have triggered conflict in the United States for two and a quarter centuries. Considering American Government: A Reader, by Lydia M. Andrade and James W. Riddlesperger Jr, attempts to position struggle and competition in a contemporary context.

Considering American Government: A Reader describes:

  • The political environment which lays the foundations for governance, including building society on shared values that both define and limit decisions

  • Elements of institutions that connect Americans with their government, including public opinion, political parties and elections, and interest groups

  • The making of public policy, which involves spending our money, regulating our behavior, providing services and in the case of military members or first responders, and risking one’s own safety for the survival of the system