Government by the People, 2009 Edition / Edition 23

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  • History Makers. Reinforcing the importance of being an active participant in–and contributor to–political change, this inspirational feature profiles influential political figures, some contemporary, some historical. History Makers features active people representing divergent parties, ideologies, and agendas, but all sharing the common trait of engagement in the political process, from America's most important public servants to its ordinary, and sometimes, extraordinary, citizens, including FDR, LBJ, Martin Luther King, Jr., William Rehnquist, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  • The Changing Face of U.S. Politics. Exemplifying the ever-increasing level of diversity in the American political landscape, including how race and gender are changing the way the American government works, these unique boxes reflect the concerns and experiences of ethnic and minority groups in American politics..
  • How Other Nations Govern. These data-rich boxes give students insight into foreign political structures and processes by looking at a diverse group of countries, including Britain, France, Japan, India, China, and Mexico, and showing how their approaches to government are similar to and different from those of the United States.
  • NEW! MyPoliSciLab, also available in Blackboard and WebCT platforms.

New to this Edition:

  • A Framework of Learning Pedagogy.

    A Master List of Objectives appears in the front of the book, providing an inventory of the concepts students must master to complete the course. These Objectives reappear at the beginning of each chapter—as part of the opening spread—highlighting learning goals, while Individual Objectives and key coverage is called out in the text margins. A Summary and Self-test at the end of each chapter provides students with a final check of their understanding. Learning Objectives were compiled through nationwide surveys of instructors on their course goals.

  • You Will Decide. Being part of a government by the people requires consideration of, and decisions on, differing points of view. This feature explores in-the-news questions like the impact of third-party candidates, the advantages and disadvantages of a national presidential primary, and the need for restrictions on civil liberties during the war on terror and then asks students to weigh options for resolving the issue.
  • Generation Next. This engaging feature presents information about Generation Next—America’s current crop of16-25 year old’s—drawn from Pew research and other sources showing this cohort’s issues, values, and challenges as they relate to specific research questions such as partisan differences, the rise of small campaign donors, search and seizure in the age of terrorism, and levels of patriotism. Comparisons with older voters and demographic breakdowns help students understand where they fit and why government matters to them. Each box concludes with several critical thinking questions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136062226
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Edition description: National
  • Edition number: 23
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,239,719
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Constitutional Principles

Chapter 1 Constitutional Democracy 2

Chapter 2 The Living Constitution 28

The Constitution of the United States 50

Chapter 3 American Federalism 62

Part II The Political Process

Chapter 4 Political Culture and Ideology 90

Chapter 5 The American Political Landscape 114

Chapter 6 Interest Groups 146

Chapter 7 Political Parties 178

Chapter 8 Public Opinion, Participation, and Voting 206

Chapter 9 Campaigns and Elections 238

Chapter 10 The Media and U.S. Politics 274

Part III Policy-Making Institutions

Chapter 11 Congress 298

Chapter 12 The Presidency 326

Chapter 13 The Federal Bureaucracy 356

Chapter 14 The Judiciary 382

Part IV Rights and Liberties

Chapter 15 Civil Liberties 408

Chapter 16 Civil Rights 438

Part V The Politics of National Policy

Chapter 17 Public Policy 468

Chapter 18 Making Economic Policy 488

Chapter 19 Making Social Policy 514

Chapter 20 Making Foreign and Defense Policy 538

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