Approaching Democracy

Series
Pearson
Author
Larry A Berman / Bruce Allen Murphy  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
8
Language
English
Total pages
588
Pub.-date
November 2013
ISBN13
9781292026879
ISBN
1292026871
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Approaching Democracy addresses the evolving nature of the American experiment in democratic government.  It teaches students the theory and basics of American political science and the nation's political history. It provides the critical thinking skills needed to analyze these evolving relationships.

 

 

Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 1, 1990 Vaclav Havel, a former dissident Czech playwright once imprisoned by his country’s Communist government and later elected president, said “As long as people are people, democracy, in the full sense of the word, will always be no more than an ideal. In this sense, you too are merely approaching democracy.  But you have one great advantage: you have been approaching democracy uninterruptedly for more than two hundred years, and your journey toward the horizon has never been disrupted by a totalitarian system.”

 

Larry Berman and Bruce Allen Murphy are long-time teachers of the Introductory American Political Science course in both large and small public and private universities. Their goal was to write a book that offers a clear and relevant theme in an easily readable format.  Both authors enjoy teaching students new methods to empower them to participate in political discourse.

 

Teaching & Learning Experience

 

 

Personalize Learning –MySearchLab with eText provides book-specific assessment, a full eText, and research and writing tools to help students improve their results.

 

 

Explore Concepts and Current Events – The eighth edition includes coverage of the changes in the administration of Barack Obama since the 2010 congressional elections, the latest data, coverage of the effect of the Great Recession on American democracy and government, and much more.

 

Improve Critical Thinking — A tiered system of short summaries and marginal questions appears throughout each chapter to help students master, apply, and analyze the material.

 

Engage Students – An updated, cleaner design makes the book more accessible and user-friendly. “Test Yourself” quizzes at the end of each chapter provide students with opportunities to check their learning as they go.

 

Emphasize Learning Outcomes — Each chapter is organized around learning objectives — posed as questions — to give students a precise understanding of the concepts they are meant to understand.

 

Instructor Support — An Instructor’s Resource Manual, MyTest Test Bank, PowerPoint slides, and Digital Transparency Masters are just some of the resources available for instructors.


Learning Goals

  •  Outline the foundations and evolution of the American democratic system.
  •  Analyze current political events in the context of the American history.

Features

  • “Timelines” in each chapter showcase the book’s historical perspective. (ex. p. 15)
  • “Compared to What?” feature provides a comparative perspective for students to see the difference between the various forms of governments in the world and how the American democracy relates to those countries. (ex. p. 39)
  • “Contemporary Issues in Democracy” essays highlight recent legal and political developments. Students are encouraged to examine these issues in the context of approaching or moving away from a more democratic system. (ex. p. 132)
  • “Learning Objectives” follow the Chapter Outline at the start of each chapter.¿ Phrased as a question, these are intended to prime students to focus on the most important concepts in a chapter. (ex. p. 78)
  • “Quick Reviews” are mini-summaries and lists found in the margins designed to break an important concept or process down and help students remember its constituent parts.¿ These are geared to help students memorize and recall key information. (ex. p. 151)
  • “Thinking Critically” questions, placed throughout the book at key points, ask students to analyze and synthesize the material they’ve learned. (ex. p. 187)
  • “Test Yourself” questions found at the end of each chapter help ensure students’ mastery of the chapter. (ex. p. 238)

New to this Edition

  • This newest edition includes coverage of the struggles between the Obama administration and a divided Congress.¿ Figures and tables reflect the latest available data and surveys. (ex. Ch. 4)
  • A new feature has been added to each chapter, highlighting the main themes of the text. “Contemporary Issues in Democracy” essays highlight recent developments such as new voter identification laws and new efforts to challenge the “winner-take-all” Electoral College system. (ex. p. 12)
  • “Compared to What” boxes are new throughout the book. This feature helps students to develop a comparative perspective, and new examples in each of these boxes connect students to relevant, high interest material. (ex. p. 231)

Table of Contents

Part I - FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

 1. Approaching Democracy

 2. The Founding and the Constitution

  The Constitution of the United States

 3. Federalism

 

PART II - INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

 4. Congress

 5. The Presidency

 6. The Judiciary

 7. The Bureaucracy

 

PART III - PROCESSES OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

 8. Public Opinion

 9. Political Parties

 10. Participation, Voting, and Elections

 11. Interest Groups

 12. The Media

 

PART IV - LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACIES

 13. Civil Liberties

 14. Civil Rights and Political Equality

 

PART V - POLICY MAKING IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

 15. Domestic and Economic Policy

 16. Foreign Policy

 

Appendix I - Introducing the Concept of Approaching Democracy

Appendix II - Presidents and Congresses, 1789-2009

Appendix III - Supreme Court Justices

Appendix IV - The Declaration of Independence

Appendix V - The Federalist, No. 10, James Madison

Appendix VI - The Federalist, No. 51, James Mdison