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By the People

Debating American Government, Brief Edition

Fifth Edition

Author James A. Morone and Rogan Kersh

Publication Date - December 2020

ISBN: 9780197545829

656 pages
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $104.99

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

  • The Oxford Insight Study Guide is a data-driven and personalized digital learning tool that reinforces key concepts from the text and encourages effective reading and study habits
  • 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 "Pluralism" throughout the text as a new "key idea" that shapes American Politics
  • New and updated statistics and figures in each chapter
  • New design and updated data points for all of the "By the Numbers" features


  • Condenses the content of the comprehensive edition while also preserving its essential insights, organization, and approach
  • Enhanced by the same extensive support package as the longer edition
  • Approximately 20% shorter and less expensive than its parent text, the full-color Brief Edition features a more streamlined narrative
  • "ENGAGE," "THINK," and "DEBATE" features help frame the unique aspects of American government and encourages students to use their critical thinking skills

About the Author(s)

James A. Morone is the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of Brown University's public policy program.

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

Table of Contents

    About the Authors


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


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


    10. Congress
    11. The Presidency
    12. Bureaucracy
    13. The Judicial Branch


    14. Domestic and Foreign Policy

    The Declaration of Independence A-1

    The Constitution of the United States of America A-4

    The Federalist Papers nos. 1, 10, and 51 A-25

    Presidential Elections, Congressional Control, 1789-2020 Insert
    Presidential Elections, Congressional Control, 1789-2020 Insert

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