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Published: 02 January 2017

696 Pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9780190298418

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By the People

Debating American Government

Third Edition

James Morone and Rogan Kersh

  • "By the Numbers" boxes containing fun facts help frame the quizzical reality of American politics and government
  • "See For Yourself" features enable students to connect with the click of a smart phone to videos and other interactive online content
  • Chapter One introduces students to seven key American ideas, which are revisited throughout the text
  • "The Bottom Line" summaries conclude each chapter section, underscoring the most important aspects of the discussion
  • "What Do You Think?" boxes encourage students to use their critical-thinking skills and debate and/or take a stand on important issues
  • Four major themes, in the form of questions to spark debate, are presented to students in Chapter One and appear throughout the text

New to this Edition:

  • An entirely new section on how federalism evolved during the Obama administration, using the term progressive federalism to indicate the increased tendency to set goals at the national level but rely on states to implement these goals, whether related to education, health care, or other policy areas
  • New and updated statistics on the growing income gap and its political ramifications including a new graph showing that the middle class is losing ground relative to the upper and lower classes
  • New data on millennial trends regarding party affiliation, attitudes, and involvement in the types of participation
  • Added coverage on the Black Lives Matter movement that reached into campuses where studens engaged in an active questioning of First Amendment rights
  • A reordering of Chapters 7 and 8 to better integrate concepts of political socialization and public opinion shifts into our understandings of trends in political participation
  • Thoroughly updated content throughout the text puts recent political events in context, including the 2016 presidential election campaigns and outcomes

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