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The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics 14th Edition

Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey M. Berry, Jerry Goldman, Deborah Schildkraut, Paul Manna

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  • Previous Editions 2016
  • 656 Pages
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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.

Paul Manna, College of William & Mary

Paul Manna is the Isabelle and Jerome E. Hyman Distinguished University Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, where he also serves as a faculty affiliate in the college's Public Policy Program. His research and teaching focus on American politics, policy implementation, federalism, bureaucracy, and applied research methods. Manna is the author of School's In: Federalism and the National Education Agenda (Georgetown University Press, 2006), which examines the evolving relationship between federal and state education policy since the 1960s, and Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities (CQ Press, 2011), which assesses No Child Left Behind's implementation from 2002-2009, early Obama administration initiatives, and potential future directions for federal policy. He is also co-editor, with Patrick McGuinn of Drew University, of Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform (Brookings, 2013). Manna's current research is examining several topics including the role of state education advocacy organizations in the process of policy change, the relationship between neighborhood violence and school performance, and voter participation in elections for state education chief. After graduating with his B.A. in political science from Northwestern University, Manna taught social studies in his home-town public high school for three years before earning his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin.
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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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