Government by the People

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B> This highly-acclaimed, brief survey of the workings and issues of the American political system--and the constitutional and political values that shape American politics and policies--focuses on the people that have made this country what it is today, and covers up-to-the-minute developments on the national, international, and local scenes. Features a dramatic 4-color design--with many state-of-the-art graphics, exciting photos, and witty cartoons, and intriguing and thought-provoking boxed material: People Debates boxes with challenging arguments on significant political topics; A Closer Look with background information on timely key issues; You Decide question-and-answer boxes with a problem in context; and We the People boxes that reflect the concerns and experiences of minorities in relation to the American government. Constitutional Democracy The Constitution of the United States. American Federalism. First Amendment Rights. Equal Justice Under the Law. Political Culture and Ideology. The American Political Landscape. Political Parties and Interest Groups. Public Opinion and Elections. The Media and American Politics. Congress: The People's Branch. The Presidency: The Leadership Branch? The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch. The Bureaucracy: The Real Power? Domestic Policy. Foreign and Defense Policy. For anyone who wants a solid, but brief introduction to the workings and issues of American government.

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The bestseller in the field for more than 39 years, Government By the People now brings readers the keen insights of four prize-winning political scientists -- including new author David Magleby brought on in the Fifteenth Edition. Acclaimed for its superb writing style, pedagogical support, and comprehensive treatment of the American political system, this classic has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs of American government classes today.

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  • History Makers. Reinforcing the importance of being an active participant in–and contributor to–political change, this inspirational feature profiles influential political figures, some contemporary, some historical.   History Makers features active people representing divergent parties, ideologies, and agendas, but all sharing the common trait of engagement in the political process, from America's most important public servants to its ordinary, and sometimes, extraordinary, citizens, including FDR, LBJ, Martin Luther King, Jr., William Rehnquist, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 

  • The Changing Face of U.S. Politics. Exemplifying the ever-increasing level of diversity in the American political landscape, including how race and gender are changing the way the American government works, these unique boxes reflect the concerns and experiences of ethnic and minority groups in American politics..

  • How Other Nations Govern.  These data-rich boxes give students insight into foreign political structures and processes by looking at a diverse group of countries, including Britain, France, Japan, India, China, and Mexico, and showing how their approaches to government are similar to and different from those of the United States.

  • NEW! MyPoliSciLab, also available in Blackboard and WebCT platforms.

 

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  • A Framework of Learning Pedagogy.   A Master List of Objectives appears in the front of the book, providing an inventory of the concepts students must master to complete the course.  These Objectives reappear at the beginning of each chapter—as part of the opening spread—highlighting learning goals, while Individual Objectives and key coverage is called out in the text margins.  A Summary and Self-test at the end of each chapter provides students with a final check of their understanding.  Learning Objectives were compiled through nationwide surveys of instructors on their course goals. 
  • You Will Decide.  Being part of a government by the people requires consideration of, and decisions on, differing points of view.  This feature explores in-the-news questions like the impact of third-party candidates, the advantages and disadvantages of a national presidential primary, and the need for restrictions on civil liberties during the war on terror and then asks students to weigh options for resolving the issue.
  • Generation Next.  This engaging feature presents information about Generation Next—America’s current crop of16-25 year old’s—drawn from Pew research and other sources showing this cohort’s issues, values, and challenges as they relate to specific research questions such as partisan differences, the rise of small campaign donors, search and seizure in the age of terrorism, and levels of patriotism.  Comparisons with older voters and demographic breakdowns help students understand where they fit and why government matters to them.  Each box concludes with several critical thinking questions.

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