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Overview

In today’s climate of hyper-partisanship, blurred lines between political news, analysis, and entertainment, and outrageous comments from the chattering classes, who better than Tom Patterson to provide students with the tools and context to make informed judgments and become skilled political thinkers? Patterson’s The American Democracy has long been a best seller for American government courses due to its insightful, readable, and balanced portrayal of the American political system. The 11th edition continues this tradition of excellence while also introducing a new emphasis on political thinking at a time when the partisan divide seemingly could not be wider and unbiased political information is often drowned out by other sources.

With expertise in the areas of public opinion, the media, and elections among other areas, Tom Patterson is a voice you can trust to help develop your students critical thinking skills when it comes to politics and political science. As Patterson notes, “Political thinking takes place within the context of a person’s political interests and values, which can lead equally thoughtful individuals to reach opposing opinions on the same issue.” If you are looking for learning materials to help ensure your students leave your course among those “thoughtful individuals” that will carry the debate forward in measured and informed ways, The American Democracy, Texas Edition is the right choice for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077424183
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971.

Currently running the "Vanishing Voter" study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion.

His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Gary Halter is a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a native of Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas and his PhD is from the University of Maryland. He served as the Mayor of College Station, Texas for six years and as a council member for five years. He has worked as a consultant to many city councils in Texas and in other states on goal setting and policy making. With Harvey Tucker, is a co-author of the Texas Legislative Almanac.

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Table of Contents

Preface xvii | Supplements Package xxi | Acknowledgments xxii

  1. PART 1 Foundations
  2. Political Thinking and Political Culture: Becoming a Responsible Citizen
  3. Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government
  4. Federalism: Forging a Nation
  5. Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights
  6. Equal Rights: Struggling toward Fairness
    PART 2 Mass Politics
  7. Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People’s Voice
  8. Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will
  9. Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter’s Choice
  10. Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence
  11. The News Media: Communicating Political Images
    PART 3 Governing Institutions
  12. Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests
  13. The Presidency: Leading the Nation
  14. The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government
  15. The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law
    PART 4 Public Policy
  16. Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity
  17. Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need
  18. Foreign Policy: Protecting the American Way
  19. State and Local Politics: Maintaining Our DifferencesPART 5 Texas Government and Politics
  20. Introduction to Texas Government
  21. The State Constitution
  22. Participation and Interest Groups in Texas Politics
  23. Political Parties and Elections in Texas
  24. The Texas Legislature
  25. The Office of the Governor and State Agencies in Texas
  26. The Court System in Texas
  27. Local Governments in Texas
  28. Public Policy in Texas
Appendixes
Glossary
Notes
Credits
Index
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