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Expounds History  August 4, 2014

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A great reference.  July 23, 2011

The American Democracy is a great reference for anyone to refresh and reflect on the history in which our nation evolved. American Democracy has long been a best seller for American government courses due to its insightful, readable, and balanced portrayal of the American political system. I would have like to known in what year this textbook was published or updated. The textbook was in great shape for being a used textbook, great for the money; I will do business with you in the future.

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"There are a lot of bad republicans; there are no good democrats."-Ann Coulter

In today’s climate of hyper-partisanship, blurred lines between political news, analysis, and entertainment, and outrageous comments from the chattering classes, who better than Tom Patterson to provide students with the tools and context to make informed judgments and become skilled political thinkers? Patterson’s The American Democracy has long been a best seller for American government courses due to its insightful, readable, and balanced portrayal of the American political system.

The 10th edition continues this tradition of excellence while also introducing a new emphasis on political thinking at a time when the partisan divide seemingly could not be wider and unbiased political information is often drowned out by other sources.

With expertise in the areas of public opinion, the media, and elections among other areas, Tom Patterson is a voice you can trust to help develop your students critical thinking skills when it comes to politics and political science. As Patterson notes, “Political thinking takes place within the context of a person’s political interests and values, which can lead equally thoughtful individuals to reach opposing opinions on the same issue.” If you are looking for learning materials to help ensure your students leave your course among those “thoughtful individuals” that will carry the debate forward in measured and informed ways, The American Democracy is the right choice for you.

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations

Chapter 1: Political Thinking

Chapter 2: Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government

Chapter 3: Federalism: Forging a Nation

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights

Chapter 5: Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness The Struggle for Equality

Part Two: Mass Politics

Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political

Chapter 7: Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will

Chapter 8: Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter’s Choice

Chapter 9: Interest Groups: Organizing Influence

Chapter 10: The News Media: Communicating Political Images

Part Three: Governing Institutions

Chapter 11: Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests

Chapter 12: The Presidency: Leading the Nation Foundations of the Modern Presidency

Chapter 13: The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government

Chapter 14: The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law

Part Four: Public Policy

Chapter 15: Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity

Chapter 16: Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need

Chapter 17: Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting the American Way

Chapter 18: State and Local Politics: Maintaining Our Differences

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