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This best-selling American government text is highly acclaimed for the non-ideological framework it uses to explore three themes: freedom, order, and equality as political values; the majoritarianism versus pluralism debate; and globalization's effect on American politics. Extensively updated, this edition includes new examples, figures, data, and current discussions. It also features an increased concentration on Learning Outcomes, which are integrated throughout each chapter and tied to chapter quizzes. NEW! MindTap – Cengage Learning’s fully online learning solution – is automatically included with the purchase of the print text. MindTap combines student learning tools - readings, multimedia, activities and assessments - into a singular Learning Path. Faculty can use MindTap as a turnkey solution or easily customize by adding up to the minute news stories, YouTube videos, RSS feeds, or their own content directly within it. With MindTap, it’s refreshingly simple to keep American Government course materials current, relatable, and engaging. Students will also appreciate that with MindTap everything is in one place – the eBook, activities, flashcards, quizzes, dictionary, and more – making study time more efficient. The print text, now significantly more affordable, directs students to activities within MindTap. MindTap can also be purchased on its own if a student prefers to study completely online. The choice is theirs. To learn how easy –and beneficial - it is to start using MindTap in your courses, visit

Kenneth Janda, Northwestern University

Kenneth Janda is the Payson S. Wild Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Janda has published extensively in comparative party politics, research methodology, and early use of computer technology in political science, for which he received awards from EDUCOM and support from Apple Computer. His APSA awards include the Samuel Eldersveld Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and the Frank J. Goodnow Award for distinguished service to the profession and the association (2009). Dr. Janda and fellow author Jerry Goldman shared APSA technology awards in 1992 for IDEAlog, the computer program, and in 2005 for IDEAlog, the website.

Jeffrey M. Berry, Tufts University

Jeffrey M. Berry is the John Richard Skuse Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Berry is a recipient of the APSA's Samuel Eldersveld Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) and numerous "best book" awards -- from the APSA for The Rebirth of Urban Democracy (1994), from the Policy Studies Organization for The New Liberalism (1999), from the APSA for A Voice for Nonprofits (2004), and from the APSA for Lobbying and Political Change (2009). His most recent book is The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility (with Sarah Sobieraj).

Jerry Goldman, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Jerry Goldman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Goldman is the 2010 recipient of the first APSA/CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation in Political Science. He has received many other awards, including the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel for increasing the public's understanding of the law, the EDUCOM Medal, and the Roman & Littlefield Prize for Teaching Innovation. In 2012, Dr. Goldman made the Fastcase 50, "the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology." Through the Oyez Project at, which uses images, and audio to bring the Supreme Court alive, he has brought the U.S. Supreme Court closer to everyone.

Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University

Deborah J. Schildkraut is professor of political science at Tufts University. She is the author of Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration (2011), Press "One" for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion, and American Identity (2005), and several other research articles. Her research focuses on the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains. Professor Schildkraut has received awards from the American Political Science Association for the best book published in the field of political psychology (2012) and for the best paper presented in the field of elections, public opinion, and voting behavior (2009). She has served on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation.
  • This edition enhances the emphasis on the themes of the conflict between the values of freedom and order, and between the values of freedom and equality, with a feature in each chapter, “Freedom, Order, or Equality, and
  • A more pronounced emphasis on the theme of the impact of globalization on American politics is accomplished through a new feature in each chapter entitled “
  • The previous edition's “Compared with What?” and “Politics of Global Change” features have been eliminated, with some of the content adapted to fit the style and emphasis of the new feature boxes.
  • Chapter learning outcomes receive greater emphasis, and are more tightly integrated into each chapter to aid student comprehension and preparedness. Major chapter topics are organized around the numbered outcomes. Chapter summaries and review questions are correlated to the outcomes, with one bullet point per outcome in the summary and two questions per learning outcome in the end-of-chapter quiz.
  • This edition has been streamlined to decrease the page count from 704 to 656. In addition, eliminating Chapter 19, “Global Policy,” and redistributing its content to Chapter 12, “The Presidency,” and Chapter 13, “The Bureaucracy,” has reduced the number of chapters from 19 to 18.
  • The thirteenth edition is significantly more affordable than the previous edition.
  • The book offers a balanced look at the Obama presidency.
  • THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN GLOBAL POLITICS is available with MindTap™, which offers students a fully interactive ebook, automatically graded homework assignments, flashcards, online discussion boards, and tools to allow them to self-assess. MindTap can be used out of the box or customized with your choice of YouTube videos, local or global RSS news feeds, or your own content. MindTap is available on its own or for use in conjunction with the printed text. See the Supplements section for more information on how to own your learning experience with MindTap.
  • THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY, 13th Edition, has an increased emphasis on the chapter learning outcomes-with chapter content, the chapter summary, and the end-of-chapter quiz all organized around the numbered outcomes.
  • The new feature “Freedom, Order, or Equality, and
1. Freedom, Order, or Equality?
2. Majoritarian or Pluralist Democracy?
3. The Constitution.
4. Federalism.
5. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
6. The Media.
7. Participation and Voting.
8. Political Parties.
9. Nominations, Elections, and Campaigns.
10. Interest Groups.
11. Congress.
12. The Presidency.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Courts.
15. Order and Civil Liberties.
16. Equality and Civil Rights.
17. Economic Policy.
18. Policymaking and Domestic Policy.
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“I started using this book when I was a teaching assistant at the University of Arkansas. What I liked then and still do is that use of a consistent theme-freedom, order, equality-throughout the book. I think that most students tend to think one of those values should always be government's only pursuit. The book makes the students view the other side.”

“I like the textbook. I appreciate the work done to incorporate recent judicial developments as well as congressional activity, not to mention the updates on the 2012 election. . . . The chapters on civil liberties and civil rights have always been my favorites. I like the weaving of historical cases with current cases. It is critical that students learn the history as well as current developments.”

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