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GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY introduces the American political system to students, pointing out in each chapter the "gateways" that facilitate, or at times block, participation. In emphasizing how the political system works, and how individuals and groups have opened gates to influence public policy, the text helps students see the relevance of government in their lives. The fourth edition provides coverage of the 2016 election, as well as enhanced discussion of diversity and participation that reflects the changing demographic infrastructure in America today.
- A dedicated focus on diversity and participation reflects the changing demographic infrastructure in America today.
- A new Election 2016 feature gives context to the chapter's subject. Topics include the changing and frustrated electorate, the role of the media, and the partisan inclinations of Latinos.
- A new Political Analytics feature in each chapter prepares students to evaluate the vast amounts of data present in today's political discourse. The feature asks students to look closely at visual representations of data and to think critically about what they see.
- Expanded information about the Tea Party, Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and factions in the Republican Party.
- Coverage of Hillary Clinton's quest to become the first female U.S. president.
- An expanded section on protest politics, including the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Discussion of how the Supreme Court has changed and may lean differently after Justice Antonin Scalia's passing.
- New information about recent Supreme Court cases and their ramifications, such as Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) and same-sex marriage.
- New opening chapter vignettes featuring Oregon Governor Kate Brown, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Utah Rep. Mia Love, former President Barack Obama, Los Angeles CAO Miguel Santana, and Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer.
- To promote student engagement, chapter-opening vignettes spotlight individuals who have successfully navigated their own way in politics. The important role of the vignette for the instructor is to show students how people like them have made a difference in American political and social life. Vignette subjects vary by historical era, career choice, gender, race, ethnicity, and party affiliation.
- Policy coverage appears in a section in each chapter and in a stand-alone chapter at the end of the book, allowing instructors to focus on policy as much or as little as they wish. Each chapter highlights a domestic, economic, or foreign policy issue related to the chapter subject. Students learn how policies such as minimum wage and national security surveillance are a product of the policymaking process, and how that process can serve as a gateway to citizen participation. "Construct Your Own Policy" exercises ask students to consider how they would use what they've learned to affect policy-making.
- Each chapter features a Supreme Court case to illustrate the constitutional and legal context in which American democracy has evolved. Critical-thinking questions at the end of the feature tie the case to the chapter's content and the book's themes of gateways, responsiveness, and equality.
- Questions in the text's margins and interpretive questions at the end of each chapter ask students to summarize and apply what they have learned about American democracy and evaluate our democratic system in terms of responsiveness and equality. These features sharpen students' analytical skills and encourage them to begin evaluating the success of the American system.
- This edition presents an in-depth look at emerging issues such as same-sex marriage laws, the legalization of marijuana, and the impact of partisanship on Congress.
1. Gateways to American Democracy.
Part I: BUILDING A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.
2. The Constitution.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part II: CITIZEN GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY.
6. Public Opinion.
7. The News and Social Media.
8. Interest Groups.
9. Political Parties.
10. Elections and Campaigns.
11. Voting and Participation.
Part III: THE INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.
13. The Presidency.
14. The Bureaucracy.
15. The Judiciary.
16. Economic, Domestic, and Foreign Policy.
A. The Declaration of Independence.
B. The Constitution of the United States.
C. Federalist Papers 10 and 51.
"Gateways to Democracy is a great all-around book that is one of the most effective educational tools for United States government on the market today."
"The greatest strength is the superb content offered in this textbook -- the authors expertly incorporate issues-of-the-day into the chapters, link important court cases to key concepts addressed in the chapters, and offer diverse perspectives throughout."
"One of the greatest strengths is the frame the authors use. There is clearly a sincere effort to communicate that there are roadblocks or 'gates,' which block competent and justice governance. But the book is not overly cynical and keeps reminding students of the "gateways" or avenues by which change can be realized."
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