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THE ENDURING DEMOCRACY, 5th Edition, looks at how problems and controversies characterizing American government today have been successfully tackled in America's past, and it examines how changing demographics of America have affected its political landscape. Updates include coverage of the 2016 election results and the challenges facing the new administration; racial tensions and the responses to address them; an analysis of the policy agenda in the final two years of the Obama administration; a primer on how the polls, parties, and other elements of the political environment have been shaped by the 2016 election campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, new perspectives on President Obama's executive orders on immigration and gun control; and current domestic and foreign policy events, including incidents of gun violence and the growth of ISIS. Add the MindTap® online learning solution for tools to organize your course and assess your students.
- Updated to include complete coverage of the 2016 election results; analysis of the policy agenda for the final two years of the Obama administration; and a primer on the polls, parties, and context for the 2016 presidential election. Includes new historical perspectives on implementation problems associated with major federal programs such as Obamacare, as well as increased coverage of racial and ethnic minorities, insights into current domestic/foreign policy events (including in Syria and Ukraine), and discussion of many other topics consistent with the book's overarching themes.
- Chapter 5, "Civil Rights, Equality and Social Movements," has been completely revised to more comprehensively consider racial/ethnic politics, especially Latino politics, and the evolution of discrimination against disadvantaged groups in the political arena as well as in the courts.
- "Who Are You?" exercises at the outset of every chapter encourage students to consider how their own views, assumptions, and, in some cases, biases, shape their positions on contemporary issues in American politics. Students then have the opportunity to discover how their views compare with other subgroups, or with the population as a whole. This feature is fully brought to life in an eye-opening digital exercise through integration into MindTap® Political Science.
- "Diversity Dilemma" boxes in every chapter feature examples of how America's changing demographics and increased diversity have altered the political landscape. The feature touches on contemporary political debates, such as voting rights and immigration policy, across the broad range of American politics. By considering how our ever-changing population poses significant challenges that must be addressed by local and national institutions, students will think critically about how we as a society can most effectively address the challenges and opportunities presented with our diversity.
- Supreme Court boxes in every chapter continue to provide accounts of how important Supreme Court decisions in recent history affect the political landscape today; these boxes also consider how our political institutions and behavior actually influence Supreme Court decision-making.
- End-of-chapter Summary sections are broken down by learning objective, a "Test Yourself" quiz with multiple-choice and critical-thinking questions, also tied to the learning objectives, and a review of key terms.
- Chapters open with learning objectives that serve as a road map to the key concepts and major sections of each chapter, helping students focus on the most important points and assess their comprehension as they read.
- Each chapter starts with a "Who are You?" exercise that encourages students to consider how their own views, assumptions, and, in some cases, biases, shape their positions on contemporary issues in American politics. These boxes help to orient students from the outset in a framework that focuses on the nation's changing demographics. This feature is fully brought to life in an eye-opening digital exercise through integration into MindTap® Political Science.
- "Then and Now" boxes give ample attention to the premise that American political history has a habit of repeating itself. Students see how "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" through examples of contemporary problems and controversies that have been identified, tackled, and in some cases resolved in earlier years. These boxes include critical-thinking questions.
- "From Your Perspective" features provide a student-focused look at the topics presented in each chapter, followed by critical-thinking questions, encouraging students to consider their own views and find opportunities to get involved in their communities and American politics.
1. Introduction to the Enduring Democracy
2. The Founding and the Constitution.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements.
Part II: INSTITUTIONS.
7. The Presidency.
8. The Federal Bureaucracy.
9. The Judiciary.
Part III: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR.
10. Public Opinion.
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media and American Politics.
13. Political Parties and Voting.
14. Campaigns and Elections.
Part IV: PUBLIC POLICY.
15. American Domestic Policy.
16. American Foreign Policy.
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"The textbook does an excellent job of covering both historical and current events in US politics that will aid in student's learning about the political system. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many issues typically ignored in American Government textbooks were included."
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