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Keeping the Republic

Keeping the Republic
Power and Citizenship in American Politics - Brief Edition

Eighth Edition
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January 2019 | 608 pages | CQ Press

Keeping the Republic gives students the power to

  • examine the narrative of what's going on in American politics, 
  • distinguish fact from fiction and balance from bias, and 
  • influence the message through informed citizenship. 

Keeping the Republic draws students into the study of American politics, showing them how to think critically about “who gets what, and how” while exploring the twin themes of power and citizenship. Students are pushed to consider how and why institutions and rules determine who wins and who loses in American politics, and to be savvy consumers of political information. 

The thoroughly updated Eighth Edition considers how a major component of power is who controls the information, how it is assembled into narratives, and whether we come to recognize fact from fiction. Citizens now have unprecedented access to power – the ability to create and share their own narratives – while simultaneously being even more vulnerable to those trying to shape their views. The political landscape of today gives us new ways to keep the republic, and some high-tech ways to lose it. 

Throughout the text and its features, authors Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright show students how to effectively apply the critical thinking skills they develop to the political information they encounter every day. Students are challenged to deconstruct prevailing narratives and effectively harness the political power of the information age for themselves. 
Up-to-date with 2018 election results and analysis, as well as the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings, shifting demographics, and emerging and continuing social movements, Keeping the Republic, Eighth Edition is a much-needed resource to help students make sense of politics in America today.

Carefully condensed from the full version by authors Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright, Keeping the Republic, Brief Edition gives your students all the continuity and crucial content, in a more concise, value-oriented package.

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To the Student
What Is Politics?  
Political Systems and the Concept of Citizenship  
Democracy in America  
Who Is a Citizen and Who Is Not?  
What Do American Citizens Believe?  
How to Use the Themes and Features in This Book  
Citizenship and Politics  
The Split From England  
The Articles of Confederation  
The Constitutional Convention  
The Constitution  
Citizenship and the Founding  
What Is Federalism?  
American Federalism Over Time  
Federalism Today  
Citizenship and Federalism  
Rights in a Democracy  
The Bill of Rights and the States  
Freedom of Religion  
Freedom of Expression  
The Right to Bear Arms  
The Rights of Criminal Defendants  
The Right to Privacy  
Citizenship and Civil Liberties  
The Meaning of Political Inequality  
Rights Denied on the Basis of Race: African Americans  
Rights Denied on the Basis of Other Racial and Ethnic Identities  
Rights Denied on the Basis of Gender  
Rights Denied on Other Bases  
Citizenship and Civil Rights Today  
Understanding Congress  
Congressional Powers and Responsibilities  
Congressional Elections  
Congressional Organization  
How Congress Works  
Citizenship and Congress  
The Presidential Job Description  
The Evolution of the American Presidency  
Presidential Politics  
Managing the Presidential Establishment  
The Presidential Personality  
Citizenship and the Presidency  
What Is Bureaucracy?  
The American Federal Bureaucracy  
Politics Inside the Bureaucracy  
External Bureaucratic Politics  
Citizenship and the Bureaucracy  
Law and the American Legal System  
Constitutional Provisions and the Development of Judicial Review  
Federalism and the American Courts  
The Supreme Court  
Citizenship and the Courts  
The Role of Public Opinion in a Democracy  
Citizen Values  
What Influences Our Opinions About Politics?  
Measuring and Tracking Public Opinion  
Citizenship and Public Opinion  
What Are Political Parties?  
The American Party System  
The Roles, Formation, and Types of Interest Groups  
Interest Group Politics  
Interest Group Resources  
Citizenship and Political Groups  
Exercising the Right to Vote in America  
How America Decides  
Presidential Campaigns  
Citizenship and Elections  
Where Do We Get Our Information?  
How Does Media Ownership Affect Control of the Narrative?  
Spinning Political Narratives  
Politics as Public Relations  
Citizenship and the Media  
Making Public Policy  
Social Policy  
Economic Policy  
Foreign Policy  
Citizenship and Policy  
Appendix Material
Articles of Confederation  
Declaration of Independence  
Constitution of the United States  


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"Barbour and Wright's Keeping the Republic, Brief Edition is the gold standard among condensed American Government textbooks. Its crisp writing and engaging narratives about "What's at Stake" set it apart from the field substantively; its comprehensiveness and affordability make it attractive to students."

Brett Curry
Georgia Southern University
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  • Up-to-date 2018 midterm election coverage and analysis, particularly in the chapters on Congress, the Presidency, and Political Parties, provide students with a current snapshot of the results and an overview of the bipartisan battle for control.
  • New What’s at Stake? features examine such topics as the activism of the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, the import of party control of Congress, the conflict between corporate and small-scale growers over organic farming, the effect of rolling back regulations, the threat of nuclear weapons, the consequences of overturning executive action on climate change, the impact of popular referenda, and Donald Trump’s presidency. Nearly all the other chapters’ “What’s at Stake?” features have been revised and updated with the latest information and news.
  • New Don’t Be Fooled By… boxes discuss big data and parody news sites. Nearly all other features have been revised an updated with the latest information and news.
  • New Profiles in Citizenship interviews feature former third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, political commentator Nicole Wallace, and Senators Tammy Duckworth and Jeff Flake.
  • Updated and revised The Big Picture and Snapshot of America graphics include the latest information and data.
  • New and relevant scholarship, data, examples, and photos are included throughout.
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  • The Power & Citizenship themes emphasize politics as not just a struggle over who gets power and resources in society, but also over who gets to control the narrative that defines that struggle.
  • The Big Picture graphics present rich, poster-worthy infographic displays that focus on a key element that grabs students’ attention and broadens their understanding of big processes, big concepts, and big data.
  • Snapshot of America graphics focus on demographics and invite students to explore the connections between data and politics and help them to understand the meaning behind the numbers.
  • In Your Own Words goals at the start of each chapter provide learning objectives to help students organize chapter material as they read. These goals are reinforced in the “Who, What, How” summary at the end of every chapter.
  • What’s at Stake features push students to consider people’s struggle with our system of government–what the people in our society need, and how the rules effect the outcome of that struggle.
  • Profiles in Citizenship—interviews conducted by the authors with many of today’s prominent movers and shakers—demonstrate the variety of ways students can enter public life and make a difference.
  • Chapter-ending resources offer a more contextual learning experience including student Review sections with chapter summaries and key terms as well as the CLUES to Critical Thinking exercises.
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