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The Enduring Democracy
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The Enduring Democracy

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January 2020 | 440 pages | CQ Press

“This textbook explains the ideas, institutions, and interests that form American government and politics through historical evolution and contemporary debates. It engages students with clear writing and informative visuals and provides a comprehensive overview of the American political system.”
—Meena Bose, Hofstra University

The Enduring Democracy examines the current state of American politics through the lenses of American history and the nation’s changing demographics. This two-pronged approach encourages students to place current issues and controversies into historical perspective, and to think critically about how those issues and controversies are impacted by America’s increasingly diverse population. By analyzing and understanding the influences of historical context and demographics, students can debate effectively with references, use historical outcomes to predict for the future, and create strong arguments based on what they know about fundamental changes in the political landscape. The highly anticipated Sixth Edition frames the 2016 general election and 2018 midterm elections from the perspective of what they mean to college students, so that they can see the relevance of American government in their daily lives.


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Letter to Instructors
 
Letter to Students
 
SAGE Digital Resources
 
Acknowledgments
Reviewers

 
 
About the Authors
 
Career Opportunities: Political Science
Introduction

 
Careers in Political Science

 
Preparing While Still on Campus

 
Conclusion

 
 
PART I FOUNDATIONS
 
Chapter 1 Introduction to The Enduring Democracy
Presidential Campaigns, History, Diversity, and American Politics

 
Forms and Functions of Government

 
American Government and Politics

 
American Political Culture

 
Is American Democracy in Decline?

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 2 The Founding and the Constitution
The Beginnings of a New Nation

 
The Constitutional Convention

 
The New Constitution

 
The Ratification Battle

 
Changing the Constitution

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 3 Federalism
What Is Federalism?

 
The History of American Federalism

 
Why Federalism? Advantages and Disadvantages

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 4 Civil Liberties
The Bill of Rights: Origins and Evolution

 
Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause

 
Free Expression Rights

 
The Right to Bear Arms and the Rights of the Criminally Accused

 
The Modern Right to Privacy

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 5 Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements
Types of Equality

 
The Struggle for Equality: Approaches and Tactics

 
The Struggle for Equality: Race, Ethnicity, and Civil Rights

 
The Women’s Movement and Gender Equality

 
Other Group Struggles for Equality

 
Continuing Struggles over Equality in the Modern Era

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
PART II INSTITUTIONS
 
CHAPTER 6 Congress
Article I and the Creation of Congress

 
The Structure and Organization of Congress

 
The Committee System

 
How a Bill Becomes a Law

 
Oversight and Personnel Functions of Congress

 
Constituent Service: Helping People Back Home

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 7 The Presidency
Where Do Presidents Come From? Presidential Comings and Goings

 
The Evolution of the American Presidency

 
Express Powers and Responsibilities of the President

 
Implied Powers and Responsibilities of the President

 
Presidential Resources

 
Important Presidential Relationships

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 8 The Federal Bureaucracy
What Is Bureaucracy?

 
What Does the Federal Bureaucracy Do?

 
The Development of the Federal Bureaucracy

 
Getting Control of the Growing Bureaucracy

 
The Organization of the Federal Bureaucracy

 
The Federal Workforce

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 9 The Judiciary
Types of Law

 
The Structure of the U.S. Legal System

 
The Adversarial System of Justice

 
Judicial Review and Its Implications

 
Limitations on Courts

 
Electing and Appointing Judges

 
How a Case Proceeds within the U.S. Supreme Court

 
Judicial Decision-Making and Debates over the Exercise of Judicial Power

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
PART III POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
 
Chapter 10 Public Opinion
Public Opinion in American Politics

 
The Levels of Public Opinion

 
How Informed Is Public Opinion?

 
How Does Public Opinion Form?

 
How Is Public Opinion Measured?

 
Interpreting Public Opinion Data

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 11 Interest Groups
Pluralism and the Interest-Group System

 
Interest Groups in Action

 
Types of Interest Groups

 
How Interest Groups Achieve Their Goals

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 12 The Media and American Politics
The Media in American Politics

 
Historical Development of the Media

 
The Mass Media Today

 
Effects of the Media

 
Criticisms of the News Media

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 13 Political Parties and Voting
The Development of Political Parties in the United States

 
The Functions of Political Parties

 
Why a Two-Party System?

 
Party Organizations

 
Voting

 
Exercising the Franchise

 
Participation beyond Voting

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Chapter 14 Campaigns and Elections
American Presidential Elections in Historical Perspective

 
The Nomination Campaign

 
The General Election Campaign

 
Campaign Funding

 
Congressional Campaigns and Elections

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
PART IV PUBLIC POLICY
 
Chapter 15 American Public Policy
An Overview of the Policy-Making Process

 
Theories and Practice in Economic Policy

 
The Welfare State and Programs for the Poor

 
The Social Security System and Health Care Policy

 
Foreign Policy

 
SUMMARY

 
KEY TERMS

 
 
Appendix
Declaration of Independence

 
Annotated Constitution of the United States of America

 
Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51

 
Presidents of the United States

 
Electoral College Results, 2000–2016

 
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

Supplements

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“This textbook explains the ideas, institutions, and interests that form American government and politics through historical evolution and contemporary debates. It engages students with clear writing and informative visuals, and provides a comprehensive overview of the American political system.”

Meena Bose
Hofstra University

“A thorough American government textbook that has all of the nuts and bolts of American politics, which is inclusive and meaningful to students.”

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“This book is the best I have reviewed in encouraging student and critical thinking.”

William Lee Jackson
Central Texas College

“This text describes US politics past and present while encouraging student political engagement.”

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SUNY Sullivan
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KEY FEATURES:

  • Then and Now boxes help students to understand that debates and events being played out in American politics today have occurred before in different forms—and that our government endures. 

  • Debates over Diversity sections offer examples and illustrations of how America’s changing demographics and increased diversity change the American political landscape. Students are also given opportunity to consider these debates, and then reflect on how society should most effectively address the challenges and opportunities presented by our diversity.

  • From Your Perspective discussions focus on both how political decisions impact college students and on how student engagement in politics can make a difference.

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