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Overview

Grounded in current political science research and the latest scholarship, THE PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 10th Edition, uses the title's theme as an organizing framework, effectively engaging students in American politics. The "promise" of democracy is analyzed using three core principles: majority rule, political freedom, and political equality. Bond and Smith further explore these principles in features such as "Living the Promise" and "Promise and Policy" boxes, the latter of which integrates the policy discussion into the chapter, rather than at the end of the book as many other texts handle policy. The "performance" of democracy is integrated into the book with an assessment at the end of every chapter, along with a concluding policy chapter. Adopting instructors praise THE PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 10th Edition for its great command and incorporation of political science literature and research, including a wealth of quality data in well-illustrated tables and figures. Not only the ideal text for reading and learning, it also is a standard-setting example of how political science is researched and written by the practitioners in academia.

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"In my opinion, the Bond, Smith…text meets the needs of my course better than any other text on the market. The authors do an excellent job of clearly presenting the major concepts and theories of political science without cluttering the text with useless trivia and distracting "USA Today"-style graphics. This is not American Politics for Dummies, and I think my students appreciate the lack of condescension."

"I'm very impressed with this text. What sets The Promise and Performance apart from most other American politics texts is that it puts the political science back into introductory American politics courses by addressing important research findings throughout, and yet keeps the material at a level that's appropriate for its audience. My choice of texts in the past has been more or less limited to those employing an explicit rational choice perspective, but this is the first text that has made me reconsider that criterion in at least seven years. In addition, the figures in most chapters are among the best that I've encountered and they are very helpful in clarifying concepts, for the most part."

"In my opinion, it is the best American Government textbook currently on the market."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495913740
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 491,352
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon R. Bond, professor of political science at Texas A&M University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research analyzes the policy-making process and the operation of democracy in American politics. Professor Bond has published articles on presidential-congressional relations, congressional elections, and public policy in the discipline's major journals. He is coauthor of THE PRESIDENT IN THE LEGISLATIVE ARENA, and coeditor of POLARIZED POLITICS: CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT IN A PARTISAN ERA, and INSTITUTIONAL GAMES AND THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. In 1987 and 1988, Dr. Bond was An APSA Congressional Fellow, working on the staffs of Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Representative Norman Mineta. He has served as coeditor of the JOURNAL OF POLITICS, and as president of the Southern Political Science Association, the oldest regional political science association, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

Kevin Smith, Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in the fields of biology and politics, public policy, and American politics. He is the coauthor of THE PUBLIC POLICY THEORY PRIMER (Westview Press, 2009), PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: POWER AND POLITICS IN THE FOURTH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT (Oxford University Press, 2006), and of numerous articles that have appeared in SCIENCE, THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, THE JOURNAL OF POLITICS, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW, and other journals.

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Table of Contents

1. The Promise of Democracy. PART I: THE CONSTITUIONAL FRAMEWORK. 2. The American Constitution. 3. Federalism. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights. PART II: CONNECTING CITIZENS TO GOVERNMENT. 6. Interest Groups. 7. Political Parties. 8. The Mass Media and Politics. 9. Public Opinion and Political Socialization. 10. Elections. 11. Voting Behavior and Political Participation. PART III: OFFICIAL DECISION MAKING. 12. Congress. 13. The Presidency. 14. The Bureaucracy. 15. The Federal Judiciary. PART IV: CONCLUSION. 16. The Policy Performance of American Democracy. Appendix: The Constitution of the United States. Federalist Number 10. Federalist Number 51. Glossary. References. Case Index. Name Index. Subject Index.

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