American Democracy Now- Texas Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

Harrison, American Democracy Now, applies a critical thinking framework to teaching American Government by asking students to “Inquire, Converse, and Participate”.

“Inquire” is about students asking the right questions, and not taking what they read, hear, or see at face value. “Converse” is getting students to the point where they can join in the conversation of democracy constantly going on around them – as informed participants. “Participate” is about students getting involved or making a conscious decision not to get involved, and also about participation including many new activities related to technology – blogging, online polling, social networking sites, and more.

The Texas edition includes nine additional chapters on the government and politics of the Lone Star State including the Texas Constitution, political parties and elections, the legislature, the governor and state agencies, the court system, local government, and public policy in Texas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073378978
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 976
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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

PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

Chapter 1: American Democracy: People, Politics, and Participation

Chapter 2: The Constitution

Chapter 3: Federalism
PART II: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties

Chapter 5: Civil Rights
PART III: LINKAGES BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT

Chapter 6: Political Socialization and Public Opinion

Chapter 7: Interest Groups

Chapter 8: Political Parties

Chapter 9: Elections, Campaigns, and Voting

Chapter 10: The Media
PART IV: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT

Chapter 11: Congress

Chapter 12: The Presidency

Chapter 13: The Bureaucracy

Chapter 14: The Judiciary
PART V: PUBLIC POLICY

Chapter 15: Economic Policy

Chapter 16: Domestic Policy

Chapter 17: Foreign Policy and National Security
PART VI: TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Chapter 18: Introduction to Texas Government

Chapter 19: The State Constitution

Chapter 20: Participation and Interest Groups in Texas Politics

Chapter 21: Political Parties and Elections in Texas

Chapter 22: The Texas Legislature

Chapter 23: The Office of Governor and State Agencies in Texas

Chapter 24: The Court System in Texas

Chapter 25: Public Policy in Texas

Chapter 26: Local Government in Texas

Appendixes

A: The Declaration of Independence

B. Federalist No. 10

C. Federalist No. 51

D. The Declaration of Sentiments

Glossary

Notes

Credits

Index
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