AP United States Government & Politics: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP U.S. Government and Politics. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP U.S. Government and Politics Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP United States Government & Politics classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
Index of Textbooks
Barbour, Wright, Streb, Giroux. Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, 4th edition. CQ Press, July 2010.
Bianco, William T., and David T. Canon. American Politics Today. 2nd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011.
Bond, Jon R. and Kevin b. Smith. Promise and Performance of American Democracy, 9th edition. Cengage
Dye, Thomas R. and Harmon Zeigler. The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics, 15th edition.. Cengage
Edwards, George C., Robert L. Lineberry, and Martin P. Wattenberg. Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy. New York: Longman, 15th edition. Longman.
Evans, Jocelyn, Kristy Michaud. Central Ideas in American Government (online text), Soomo, 2011, http://soomopublishing.com/centralideas.
Fiorina, Peterson, Johnson & Mayer. America's New Democracy, 5th edition. New York: Pearson, 2009.
Fiorina, Peterson, Johnson & Mayer. The New American Democracy, 6th edition. Pearson, 2009.
Ginsberg, Benjamin, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir. We the People: An Introduction to American Politics, 8th edition. W.W. Norton, 2010.
Gitelson, Alan R., Robert L. Dudley, Melvin J. Dubnick. American Government, 10th edition. Available January 2011. New York: Cengage, 2012.
Greenberg, Edward S., and Benjamin I. Page. Struggle for Democracy, 9th edition. New York: Longman.
Janda, Kenneth, Jeffrey M. Berry, and Jerry Goldman. The Challenge of Democracy, 10 edition. Wadsworth, Cengage.
Katznelson, Ira, Mark Kesselman, Alan Draper. The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government, 6th edition. W.W. Norton, 2010.
Kernell, Samuel, Gary Jacobson, Thad Kousser and Gregory Giroux. The Logic of American Politics, 5th edition. CQ Press, 2011.
Magleby & Light. Government by the People. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009.
Magleby, David B., et al. Government by the People, 23rd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Miroff, Bruce, Raymond Seidelman, Todd Swanstrom, Tom De Luca. The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change, 5th edition. Cengage, 2010.
O'Connor, Karen, and Larry J. Sabato. American Government: Roots and Reform, 10th edition. Longman, 2009.
Patterson, Thomas E. The American Democracy, 10th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Patterson, Thomas E. The American Democracy, with PowerWeb, 9th edition AP version. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Schmidt, Steffen W., Mack C. Shelley, and Barbara A. Bardes. American Government and Politics Today. Wadsworth, Cengage, 2009-2010.
Schmidt, Steffen W., Mack C. Shelley, Barbara A. Bardes, & Lynne E. Ford. American Government and Politics Today, 15th edition, Cengage Learning, 2011.
Squire, Peverill, James M. Lindsay, Cary R. Covington, and Eric RAN Smith. Dynamics of Democracy, 6th edition. Cengage.
Welch, Susan, et al. Understanding American Government, 12th edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson. Wadsworth, Cengage, 2009.
Wilson, James Q., and John J. DiIulio Jr. American Government: Institutions and Policies, 12th edition. Cengage.