Updated in a new 3rd edition, Living Democracy helps students draw connections between course topics and current events and find a role for themselves in politics and government. Everything about this dynamic book–from its engaging writing and examples, to its bold graphics and photos, to its innovative learning pedagogy and interactive assessment–is designed to get students to participate in their learning, in the classroom, and in all aspects of American politics. By implementing cutting-edge learning theory-based techniques to engage students and help them retain important information, Living Democracy has set a new standard for how textbooks can help students learn.
“A thorough, up-to-date text that works to engage students in a way that makes them want to learn more about our government and students' role in that government.”–Robert Postic, The University of Findlay
"A good introduction to American politics that is accessible without sacrificing content or scholarship."–Khalil Marrar, DePaul University
“Engaging, fresh, and relevant for our students.”–Jennifer De Maio, California State University, Northridge
Daniel M. Shea is a Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship and has authored or co-authored several books on the American political process.
Joanne Connor Green is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and former Director of Women's Studies at Texas Christian University. Her research and teaching interests include the role of gender in congressional elections and issues of substantive representation in state legislatures.
Christopher E. Smith is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He previously taught at the University of Akron and the University of Connecticut at Hartford. As a specialist on courts and constitutional law, he has written more than 20 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on law and politics.
This is a book that teaches students that are founding fathers were elitist, that federalism as a separation of powers between the federal government and state and any attempt to give states powers in their Constitutionally stated arenas is "devolution."
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