Living Democracy, Texas Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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

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Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations of American Government

1 American Government: Democracy in Action

2 Early Governance and the Constitutional Framework

3 Federalism

4 Civil Liberties

5 Civil Rights

Part Two: The Institutions of American Government

6 Congress

7 The Presidency

8 Bureaucracy

9 The Judiciary

Part Three: The American Public and the Democratic Process

10 Political Socialization and Public Opinion

11 The Politics of the Media

12 Civic and Political Engagement

13 Interest Groups

14 Elections and Participation in America

15 Political Parties

Part Four: Public Policy

16 Public Policy in the United States

17 Making Economic Policy

18 Foreign and National Security Policy

Part Five: Texas

19 The Social and Economic Forces of Texas Politics

20 The Texas Constitution

21 Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas

22 The Texas Legislature

23 The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy

24 The Texas Judiciary

25 Local Government in Texas

Appendices

1 Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies (annotated)

2 The Constitution of the United States (annotated)

3 The Federalist, No. 10, James Madison

4 The Federalist, No. 51, James Madison

5 Anti-Federalist, To the Citizens of the State of New York, October 18, 1787

6 The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln

7 I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King

8 Presidents and Congresses

9 Supreme Court Justices

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Leftist propaganda

    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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