Gateways to Democracy: Introduction to American Government

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Overview

GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY begins and ends with student engagement. This new textbook by authors John G. Geer, Wendy J. Schiller, and Jeffrey A. Segal peels back the layers of the American political system to expose its inner workings and examine how competing interests can both facilitate and block the people's will. The authors provide a realistic yet optimistic view of the ways American Government can be both influenced by students and responsive to their hopes and dreams. GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY covers the core concepts required in an introductory course while challenging students to figure out their own standards for the society in which they want to live in the twenty-first century.

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"This textbook transforms American politics from a subject to be taught to students to a tool that students can learn to use. The focus strikes me as one designed to empower our students. Hurrah. I love it."- Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan

"This appeals to me because it allows students an approach to learning that is cohesive and systematic. They can understand the big picture while learning the details. . . . This approach is absolutely sound. I am seriously appreciative that this text does what I've thought necessary for years."- John Shively, Longview Community College

"This textbook transforms American politics from a subject to be taught to students to a tool that students can learn to use. The focus strikes me as one designed to empower our students. Hurrah. I love it."- Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan

"This appeals to me because it allows students an approach to learning that is cohesive and systematic. They can understand the big picture while learning the details. . . . This approach is absolutely sound. I am seriously appreciative that this text does what I've thought necessary for years."- John Shively, Longview Community College

"The vignettes are a great feature and one that I think is critical to the theme of the book. I think this book does a better job at covering the historical aspect of each topic more so than the book I use now."- Mary Barnes-Tilley, Blinn College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618906956
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 1,278,460
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John G. Geer (Ph.D., Princeton University) is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Geer is the former editor of THE JOURNAL OF POLITICS. He has published numerous articles and several books, including IN DEFENSE OF NEGATIVITY, which won the Goldsmith Book prize from Harvard University in 2008. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for POLITICO, THE WASHINGTON POST, LA TIMES, USA TODAY, and CHICAGO TRIBUNE. He teaches a range of undergraduate classes, including Introduction to American Government. His undergraduate lecturing has been award winning. In 2005, he won The College of Arts and Sciences' Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2009, he won Vanderbilt University's Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Wendy J. Schiller (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University. She was Legislative Assistant for Governor Mario M. Cuomo and for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, and has been Guest Scholar and Research Fellow at the Brookings Institute. Schiller is coauthor with Burdett Loomis on THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS (2003, 2005), and author of PARTNERS AND RIVALS: REPRESENTATION IN THE U.S. SENATE (2000). Her current research focuses on the indirect and direct election of U.S. senators. She teaches courses on a wide range of American politics topics including Introduction to the American Political Process, The American Presidency, the Philosophy of the Founding, Parties and Interest Groups, and American Political Institutions.

Jeffrey A. Segal (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Political Science Department Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University. He has recently been Senior Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. He has also been Global Research Fellow at New York University's Hauser Global Law School Program and Fellow of the Law and Social Sciences Program at Northwestern University. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New York State Assembly. Segal is the author of eight books, including SENATE ELECTIONS (1992, with Alan Abramowitz) and ADVICE AND CONSENT: THE POLITICS OF JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS (2005, with Lee Epstein). He teaches undergraduate courses on American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Supreme Court Decision Making. He has received several awards, including Green Bag's award for Exemplary Legal Writing (2008) and an award sponsored by the American Bar Association for innovative teaching and instructional methods (2008). In 2012, Segal was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1, Gateways to American Democracy Part I, Building a System of Government Chapter 2, The Constitution Chapter 3, Federalism Chapter 4, Civil Liberties Chapter 5, Civil Rights Part II, Citizen Gateways in a Democracy Chapter 6, Public Opinion Chapter 7, The News Media and the Internet Chapter 8, Interest Groups Chapter 9, Political Parties Chapter 10, Elections and Campaigns Chapter 11, Voting and Participation Part III, The Institutions of American Government Chapter 12, Congress Chapter 13, The Presidency Chapter 14, The Bureaucracy Chapter 15, The Judiciary Conclusion Chapter 16, The United States as a Global Partner Chapter 17, Judging the Democratic Experiment Appendix Declaration of Independence Constitution of the United States Federalist 10 Federalist 51

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