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 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.
All editions of the following textbooks after the year 2005 are appropriate for use in AP U.S. Government and Politics. 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 Resource Library in the Online Teacher Community.
Index of Textbooks
Barbour, Wright, Streb, Giroux. Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics. CQ Press.
Bianco, William T., and David T. Canon. American Politics Today. New York: W. W. Norton.
Bond, Jon R. and Kevin b. Smith. Promise and Performance of American Democracy. Cengage Learning
Dye, Thomas R. and Harmon Zeigler. The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics. Cengage Learning.
Edwards, George C., Robert L. Lineberry, and Martin P. Wattenberg. Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy. New York: Longman.
Evans, Jocelyn, Kristy Michaud. Central Ideas in American Government (online text), Soomo, http://soomopublishing.com/centralideas.
Fiorina, Morris P., Paul E. Peterson, Bertram Johnson and William G. Mayer. The New American Democracy, Pearson.
Ginsberg, Benjamin, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir. We the People: An Introduction to American Politics. W.W. Norton.
Gitelson, Alan R., Robert L. Dudley, Melvin J. Dubnick. American Government.New York: Cengage Learning.
Greenberg, Edward S., and Benjamin I. Page. Struggle for Democracy. Pearson.
Harrison, Brigid Callahan, Jean Wahl Harris and Michelle D. Deardorff. American Democracy Now, McGrawHill
Janda, Kenneth, Jeffrey M. Berry, and Jerry Goldman. The Challenge of Democracy, 10 edition. Cengage Learning.
Jillson, Carl, American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change, Routledge.
Katznelson, Ira, Mark Kesselman, Alan Draper. The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government. W.W. Norton.
Kernell, Samuel, Gary Jacobson, Thad Kousser and Gregory Giroux. The Logic of American Politics. CQ Press.
Kesselma, Mark, Alan Draper and Ira Katznelson, he Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government, W.W. Norton.
Lineberry, Robert L., Martin P. Wattenberg and George C. Edwards, Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy, Pearson.
Lowi, Theodore J, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle and Stephen Ansolabeher. American Government Power and Purpose. W.W. Norton.
Magleby, David B., Paul C. Light and Christine L. Nemacheck. Government by the People. 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. Cengage Learning.
O'Connor, Karen, and Larry J. Sabato. American Government: Roots and Reform. Pearson.
Patterson, Thomas E. The American Democracy. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Schmidt, Steffen W., Mack C. Shelley, Barbara A. Bardes, & Lynne E. Ford. American Government and Politics Today, Cengage Learning
Squire, Peverill, James M. Lindsay, Cary R. Covington, and Eric RAN Smith. Dynamics of Democracy. Cengage Learning.
Welch, Susan, et al. Understanding American Government, 12th edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
Wilson, James Q., and John J. DiIulio Jr. American Government: Institutions and Policies. Cengage Learning.