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American Government and Politics: Deliberation, Democracy and Citizenship 2nd Edition

Joseph M. Bessette, John J. Pitney

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011
  • 720 Pages


Bessette/Pitney's AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY, AND CITIZENSHIP is based on the idea of "deliberative democracy": political systems work best when informed citizens and public officials deliberate to identify and promote the common good. Emphasizing citizenship, the text examines the way that civic culture and immigration impact students and shape the country. It offers solid historical coverage and a close look at civic responsibility.

Joseph M. Bessette, Claremont McKenna College

Joseph M. Bessette is the Alice Tweed Tuohy Professor of Government and Ethics at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He also teaches courses in the Department of Politics and Policy at the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Bessette received a B.S. in Physics from Boston College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to CMC, he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the U.S. Department of Justice (1985-1990) and as Director of Planning, Training, and Management for the Cook County, Illinois, State's Attorney's Office (1981-1984). Dr. Bessette has also held full-time teaching positions at the University of Virginia and The Catholic University of America. He is the author of, among other works, THE MILD VOICE OF REASON: DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY AND AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT and co-editor and contributor to THE PRESIDENCY IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER and THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRESIDENCY. He is currently working on a book on the death penalty in the United States.

John J. Pitney, Claremont McKenna College

John J. Pitney, Jr., is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He received his B.A. in political science from Union College, where he was co-valedictorian. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Yale, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Dr. Pitney has been named as one of The Princeton Review's Top 300 College Professors for 2012. From 1978 to 1980, he worked in the New York State Senate and from 1983 to 1984, as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, he worked for Senator Alfonse D'Amato of New York and the House Republican Policy Committee, chaired by Representative Dick Cheney of Wyoming. From 1984 to 1986, he was senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Research Committee. He joined the Claremont McKenna College faculty in 1986. From 1989 to 1991, during a leave of absence, he worked at the Research Department of the Republican National Committee, first as deputy director, then as acting director. He has written articles for THE WASHINGTON POST, THE WEEKLY STANDARD, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and ROLL CALL, among others. His scholarly works include THE ART OF POLITICAL WARFARE, published in 2000 by the University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Based on reviewer feedback, Chapters 4 and 5 from the first edition are merged into one new chapter, "American Citizenship and Civic Culture." Some policy matters discussions from Chapter 5 are incorporated into other chapters of the text.
  • A new boxed feature, focusing on the timely topic of "The Impact of Social Media and Communications Technology," has been added to this edition.
  • The theme of "critical thinking" is emphasized much more throughout this edition. New "Focus Questions" appear in the margins of each chapter, and the "Major Issues" questions and critical-thinking questions in boxed features are better integrated and more prominent.
  • A new feature, "Critical Issues," ties into Professor John Pitney's daily blog that is integrated with the text, providing for additional critical-thinking opportunities and discussion.
  • Brief quizzes of 10–12 multiple-choice questions appear at the end of each chapter providing the opportunity for student study and assessment.
  • "Myths and Misinformation" boxes examine the truth in often widely-shared beliefs.
  • "International Perspectives" boxes show students how the United States compares with other nations and look at viewpoints of people across the globe.
  • Instructor resources, including a test bank, are thoroughly accuracy tested.
1. Deliberation and Citizenship in Service of Freedom and Democracy.
2. The American Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. American Citizenship and Civic Culture.
5. Civil Liberties.
6. Civil Rights.
7. Public Opinion and Political Participation.
8. Interest Groups.
9. Political Parties.
10. Elections and Campaigns.
11. Mass Media.
12. Congress.
13. The Presidency.
14. Bureaucracy and the Administrative State.
15. The Judiciary.
16: Social Policy and the Welfare State.
17: Economic Policy.
18: National Security and Foreign Policy.

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"The text takes seriously court cases and issues surrounding civil rights as it pertains to the Idea of America. These are all more philosophical approaches, but something most welcome and worthwhile, not to mention needed in a course like this."

"It is a text that is truly academic and thoughtful. It is written for the college student. It tackles the most important questions regarding American Government and gives them ALL fair play."

"It is very colorful and has beautiful charts! Very attractive, and I believe students will like the displays and visual aid. . . . Very innovative and a breath of fresh air from the typical books in the market."

"The Bessette/Pitney text is unique in its focus [on] the Constitution, American political thought, and American political development."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


PowerLecture DVD with ExamView® and JoinIn™ Student Response System

ISBN: 9781133940180
An all-in-one multimedia resource for class preparation, presentation, and testing, this DVD includes Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, a Test Bank in both Microsoft® Word® and ExamView® formats, online polling and JoinIn™ clicker questions, an Instructor Manual, and a Resource Integration Guide to help you see where resources align with the text's content, chapter by chapter. The book-specific slides of lecture outlines, as well as photos, figures, and tables from the text, make it easy for you to assemble lectures for your course, while the media-enhanced slides help bring your lecture to life with audio and video clips, animated learning modules illustrating key concepts, tables, statistical charts, graphs, and photos from the book as well as outside sources. The Test Bank, offered in Microsoft® Word® and ExamView® formats, includes 60+ multiple-choice questions with answers and page references along with 10 essay questions for each chapter. ExamView® features a user-friendly testing environment that allows you to not only publish traditional paper and computer based tests, but also Web-deliverable exams. The Instructor's Manual includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, summaries, discussion questions, class activities and projects suggestions, tips on integrating media into your class, and suggested readings and Web resources. JoinIn™ offers "clicker" questions covering key concepts, enabling instructors to incorporate student response systems into their classroom lectures. Contact your Cengage representative to receive a copy upon adoption.

CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133944874
Cengage Learning's Political Science CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study tools, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Use Engagement Tracker to assess student preparation and engagement in the course, and watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the textbook-specific website. An interactive eBook allows students to take notes, highlight, search, and interact with embedded media. Other resources include video activities, animated learning modules, simulations, case studies, interactive quizzes, and timelines. CourseMate now includes American Government NewsWatch, a real-time news and information resource, updated daily, which includes interactive maps, videos, podcasts, and hundreds of articles from leading journals, magazines, and newspapers from the United States and the world. Also included is the KnowNow! American Government Blog, which highlights three current events stories per week and consists of a succinct analysis of the story, multimedia, and discussion-starter questions. Access your course today via

Latino-American Politics Supplement

ISBN: 9781285184296
Authored by Fernando Pinon, this revised and updated thirty-two-page supplement uses real examples to detail politics related to Latino Americans.


CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133944874
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

Latino-American Politics Supplement

ISBN: 9781285184296