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By the People

Debating American Government

Fifth Edition

Author James A. Morone and Rogan Kersh

Publication Date - 28 December 2020

ISBN: 9780197540114

736 pages

In Stock

The most successful introduction to American government text published in a generation


By The People: Debating American Government, Fifth Edition, presents essential content in a compelling story geared for today's students. Through each edition, this text has built on this successful approach to engage students in the rich and important debates of our times. Now powered by the Oxford Insight® Study Guide and additional digitals learning tools, this book helps students to become thoughtful and informed citizens.

The accompanying Oxford Insight® Study Guide works with the text to optimize learning. This powerful tool engages students in an active and highly dynamic review of chapter content, empowering them to critically assess their own understanding of American government. Real-time, actionable data generated by activity in the guide helps instructors ensure that each student is best supported along their unique learning path.

New to this Edition

  • An enhanced eBook combines high quality text content with a rich assortment of integrated multimedia and self-assessment activities in order to deliver a more engaging and interactive learning experience.
  • Additional Digital Course Materials, available via the enhanced eBook and Oxford Learning Link, provide activities-including new “Weekly News Quizzes” and new Media Tutorials and Interactive Media Activities-to better engage your students in-class and online. The Issue Navigator features now include Threaded Message Board Activities that encourage civil debate on key topics.
  • Analyzes the 2020 Presidential and Congressional election
  • New and updated examples and analysis of important events, including coverage of the George Floyd murder as a catalyst for Black Lives Matters and police reform, discussion of President Trump's impeachment, COVID-19, racial unrest, immigration, climate change, and SCOTUS nominations.
  • Introduces and reinforces "Diversity" throughout the text as a more prominently featured "key idea" that shapes American politics and culture
  • New and updated statistics and figures in each chapter
  • New design and updated data points for all of the "By the Numbers" features

About the Author(s)

James A. Morone is the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science, Urban Studies and Public Policy at Brown University and has been elected teacher of the year five times by the senior class.

Rogan Kersh serves as Provost and Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University.


"By the People provides a smart and accessible introduction to the key questions, dilemmas, institutions, practices, and processes that structure the theory and practice of American politics. The text is contemporary, relevant, interesting, engagingly written, and provides a solid foundation for in-class lecture, discussion, and applied activity."--Joanna Mosser, Lower Columbia College

"By the People is extremely current in its materials and examples, approachable and engaging for students, and clearly conveys a great deal of information in a workable text."--Andra Kent, West Virginia University

Table of Contents

    About the Authors


    1. The Spirit of American Politics
    2. The Ideas That Shape America
    3. The Constitution
    4. Federalism and Nationalism
    5. Civil Liberties
    6. The Struggle for Civil Rights


    7. Public Opinion
    8. Political Participation
    9. Media, Technology, and Government
    10. Campaigns and Elections
    11. Political Parties
    12. Interest Groups


    13. Congress
    14. The Presidency
    15. Bureaucracy
    16. The Judicial Branch


    17. Public Policymaking and Budgeting
    18. Foreign Policy

    The Declaration of Independence

    The Constitution of the United States of America

    The Federalist Papers nos. 1, 10, and 51
    Presidential Elections, Congressional
    Control, 1789-2016

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