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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 Cengage.com/mindtap.
- 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?
Part II: FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.
3. The Constitution.
Part III: LINKING PEOPLE WITH GOVERNMENT.
5. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
6. The Media.
7. Participation and Voting.
8. Political Parties.
9. Nominations, Elections, and Campaigns.
10. Interest Groups.
Part IV: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT.
12. The Presidency.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Courts.
Part V: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS.
15. Order and Civil Liberties.
16. Equality and Civil Rights.
Part VI: MAKING PUBLIC POLICY.
17. Economic Policy.
18. Policymaking and Domestic Policy.
“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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