Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, the Essentials (7th Revised edition)

Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, the Essentials (7th Revised edition)

By: Gerald Wright (author), Christine Barbour (author)Paperback

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Every section and every feature in the book has one goal in mind: to get students to think critically and be sceptical of received wisdom. Serving as a true aid to teachers, each chapter is designed to build students' analytical abilities By introducing them to the seminal work in the field and showing them how to employ the themes of power and citizenship, this proven brief text builds confidence in students who want to take an active part in their communities and government--to play their part in keeping the republic, and to consider the consequences of that engagement (or lack thereof).

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Christine Barbour teaches in the political science department and the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University, where she has become increasingly interested in how teachers of large classes can maximize what their students learn. At Indiana, Professor Barbour has been a Lilly Fellow, working on a project to increase student retention in large introductory courses, and a member of the Freshman Learning Project, a university-wide effort to improve the first-year undergraduate experience. She has served on the New York Times College Advisory Board, working with other educators to develop ways to integrate newspaper reading into the undergraduate curriculum. She has won several teaching honors, but the two awarded by her students mean the most to her: the Indiana University Student Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty and the Indiana University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Brown Derby Award. When not teaching or writing textbooks, Professor Barbour enjoys playing with her dogs, traveling with her coauthor, and writing about food. She is the food editor for Bloom Magazine of Bloomington and is a coauthor of Indiana Cooks! (2005) and Home Grown Indiana (2008). She is currently working on another cookbook and a book about local politics, development, and the fishing industry in Apalachicola, Florida. Gerald C. Wright has taught political science at Indiana University since 1981. An accomplished scholar of American politics, and the 2010 winner of the State Politics and Policy Association's Career Achievement Award, his books include Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy in the American States (1993), coauthored with Robert S. Erikson and John P. McIver, and he has published more than fifty articles on elections, public opinion, and state politics. Professor Wright has long studied the relationship among citizens, their preferences, and public policy. He is currently conducting research with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation on the factors that influence the equality of policy representation in the states and in Congress. He is also writing a book about representation in U.S. legislatures. He has been a consultant for Project Vote Smart in the past several elections. Professor Wright is a member of Indiana University's Freshman Learning Project, a university-wide effort to improve the first-year undergraduate experience by focusing on how today's college students learn and how teachers can adapt their pedagogical methods to best teach them. In his nonworking hours, Professor Wright also likes to spend time with his dogs, travel, eat good food, and play golf.


Chapter 1: Politics: Who Gets What, And How? What is Politics? Political Systems and the Concept of Citizenship Origins of Democracy in America Citizenship in America America Citizenship Today Thinking Critically About American Politics Chapter 2: American Citizens And Political Culture Who is an American? The Ideas That Unite Us The Ideas That Divide Us The Citizens and American Political Beliefs Chapter 3: Politics Of The American Founding Politics in the English Colonies The Split From England The Articles of Confederation The Constitutional Convention Ratification The Citizens and the Founding Chapter 4: Federalism And The U.S. Constitution The Three Branches of Government Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances Federalism Amending the Constitution The Citizens and the Constitution Chapter 5: Fundamental American Liberties Rights in a Democracy The Bill of Rights and Incorporation Freedom of Religion Freedom of Expression The Right to Bear Arms The Rights of Criminal Defendants The Right to Privacy The Citizens and Civil Liberties Chapter 6: The Struggle For Equal Rights The Meaning of Political Inequality Rights Denied on the Basis of Race Rights Denied on the Basis of Race and Ethnicity Rights Denied on the Basis of Gender Rights Denied on Other Bases The Citizens and Civil Rights Chapter 7: Congress Understanding Congress Congressional Powers and Responsibilities Congressional Elections Congressional Organization How Congress Works The Citizens and Congress Chapter 8: The Presidency The Double Expectations Gap The Evolution of the American Presidency Presidential Politics Managing the Presidential Establishment The Presidential Personality The Citizens and the Presidency Chapter 9: The Bureaucracy What is Bureaucracy? The American Federal Bureaucracy Politics inside the Bureaucracy External Bureaucratic Politics The Citizens and the Bureaucracy Chapter 10: The American Legal System And The Courts Law and the American Legal System Constitutional Provisions and the Development of Judicial Review Federalism and the American Courts The Supreme Court The Citizens and the Courts Chapter 11: Public Opinion The Role of Public Opinion in a Democracy Citizen Values What Influences Our Opinions About Politics? Measuring and Tracking Public Opinion The Citizens and Public Opinion Chapter 12: Political Parties What Are Political Parties? Do American Parties Offer Voters a Choice? The History of Parties in America What Do Parties Do? Characteristics of the American Party System The Citizens and Political Parties Chapter 13: Interest Groups The Role and Formation of Interest Groups Types of Interest Groups Interest Group Politics Interest Group Resources The Citizens and Interest Groups Chapter 14: Voting, Campaigns, And Elections Voting in a Democratic Society Exercising the Right to Vote in America How the Voter Decides Presidential Campaigns The Citizens and Elections Chapter 15: The Media Where Do We Get Our Information? Who Owns the Media, and How Does That Affect Our News? Who Are the Journalists? The Media and Politics The Citizens and the Media

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/01/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483352749
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 696
  • ID: 9781483352749
  • weight: 1225
  • ISBN10: 1483352749
  • edition: 7th Revised edition

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