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Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government, 3rd Edition

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  • John G. Geer Vanderbilt University
  • Wendy J. Schiller Brown University
  • Jeffrey A. Segal Stony Brook University
  • Richard Herrera Arizona State University
  • ISBN-10: 1285852907  |  ISBN-13: 9781285852904
  • 688 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2012
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

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 third edition provides coverage of the 2014 midterm elections as well as enhanced discussion of the politics, policies, and issues affecting Latinos in the United States. NEW! MindTap – Cengage Learning’s fully online learning solution – is automatically included with the purchase of the print text with this edition. MindTap combines student learning tools - readings, multimedia, activities and assessments - into a singular Learning Path. Through assignable, gradable activities written to learning outcomes, it provides students with ample opportunities to check for understanding, while also providing faculty and students with a clear way measure and assess progress. 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 documents 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 than previous editions, 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.

Features and Benefits

  • To promote student engagement, chapter-opening paragraphs spotlight college students or college graduates who have used a gateway in the democratic system to effect change. Subjects come from a variety of backgrounds. Examples include activist Gus Garcia, who argued the Hernandez v. Texas case (the Constitution chapter); political analyst Nate Silver from fivethirtyeight.com (the public opinion chapter); and Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor (the judiciary chapter).
  • Policy coverage appears in a section in each chapter and in a standalone 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 such policies as minimum wage or fracking are a product of the policy-making 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.
  • "Global Gateways," a comparative and global context feature, appears in each chapter to help students place the U.S. government and political system in a global perspective.
  • The book is now seamlessly integrated with MindTap™, included with this edition. Marginal icons direct students to a variety of assignable, gradable activities that gets them up to speed on current events, promotes their interaction with one another through online discussion boards and polling questions, and engages them with interactive activities and quizzes that are correlated to clearly defined learning outcomes-all while keeping instructors deeply informed of student progress and time spent in the course.

Table of Contents

Introduction.
1. Gateways to American Democracy. 
Part I: BUILDING A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.
2. The Constitution. 
3. Federalism. 
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.
12. Congress. 
13. The Presidency. 
14. The Bureaucracy. 
15. The Judiciary.
CONCLUSION.
16. Economic, Domestic, and Foreign Policy.

What's New

  • The new edition is significantly more affordable than the previous edition.
  • A new coauthor, Richard Herrera from Arizona State University, has assisted with adding new coverage about the politics, policies, and issues affecting Latinos in the United States.
  • A new chapter on economic, domestic, and foreign policy (Chapter 16) explores the issues related to these topics and dissects real-world examples that illustrate how public policy is made.
  • The book's public policy sections, which appear in each chapter and illustrate the role of the chapter topic in the formation or implementation of public policy, have been revised and updated to focus on issues within the range of domestic, economic, or foreign policy.
  • Updated throughout, this edition includes recent election coverage and 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.
  • Updated graphs, tables, and figures show recent political trends among the millennial generation.

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"I like this book even more every time I review it. It is timely, engaging (topically and pedagogically), and accessible. It covers all of the relevant topics well, too, and incorporates policy in a manner that I prefer. The approach, outlined in the preface, is well conceived. It really is a nice contribution to the world of American government textbooks."

— Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, University of North Texas

"I think the book looks great! Your text is more interactive than the one we currently use. It meshes well with my teaching style. [The authors] allow the student in advance to see what the major points of the upcoming chapter will be before reading. I like that students can check in to see 'Am I understanding what I am reading' and then at the end they have a chance to review the materials. Great stuff!"

— Jane Bryant, John A. Logan College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John G. Geer

John G. Geer (Ph.D., Princeton University) is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Geer is the former editor of The Journal of Politics. He has published numerous articles and several books, including IN DEFENSE OF NEGATIVITY, which won the Goldsmith Book prize from Harvard University in 2008. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for Politico, The Washington Post, the LA Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. He teaches a range of undergraduate classes, including Introduction to American Government. In 2005, he won The College of Arts and Sciences' Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2009, he won Vanderbilt University's Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. In 2014, he won the Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award.

Wendy J. Schiller

Wendy Schiller (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University (Twitter acct @profwschiller). She did her undergraduate work in political science at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and completed Fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University. At Brown, she teaches popular courses titled The American Presidency, Introduction to the American Political Process, and Congress and Public Policy. Among books she has authored or co-authored are THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS (Thomson-Wadsworth) and PARTNERS AND RIVALS: REPRESENTATION IN U.S. SENATE DELEGATIONS (Princeton University Press). She has also published in academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Politics. Her most recent book is ELECTING THE SENATE: INDIRECT DEMOCRACY BEFORE THE 17TH AMENDMENT. She is a frequent contributor to major national news outlets and is the political analyst for WJAR10, the local NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jeffrey A. Segal

Jeffrey A. Segal (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Political Science Department Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University. He has recently been Senior Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. He has also been Global Research Fellow at New York University's Hauser Global Law School Program and Fellow of the Law and Social Sciences Program at Northwestern University. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New York State Assembly. Segal is the author of eight books, including SENATE ELECTIONS (1992, with Alan Abramowitz) and ADVICE AND CONSENT: THE POLITICS OF JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS (2005, with Lee Epstein). He teaches undergraduate courses on American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Supreme Court Decision Making. He has received several awards, including Green Bag's award for Exemplary Legal Writing (2008) and an award sponsored by the American Bar Association for innovative teaching and instructional methods (2008). In 2012, Segal was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Richard Herrera

Richard Herrera (Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director for the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). He teaches courses in American Politics, American Political Parties, and American Politics and Film. Herrera directs the ASU Capital Scholars Washington, DC Summer Internship program for ASU and coordinates the ASU-McCain Institute for International Leadership Internship Program. He has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. His current research interests are focused on U.S. governors-their ideology, policy agendas, and representative functions.