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Participate inyour American government Living Democracy, 2012 Election Editionuniquely asks students to participate in their learning and their government. Activities and features promote application of concepts outside of the classroom. This text shows students how government impacts their daily lives and how they can make a difference in that government. Living Democracyfulfills a need felt in every American government classroomto engage students, to develop their understanding of government, and to make them active political participants. This text features full integration with the New MyPoliSciLab. MyPoliSciLab includes a wide array of resources to encourage students to look at American politics like a political scientist and analyze current political issues. Political Explorer lets students play the role of a political scientist by investigating issues through interactive data. Core Concept videos discuss the big ideas in each chapter and apply them to key political issues. Simulations allow students to experience how political leaders make decisions. A better teaching and learning experience This program provides a better teaching and learning experiencefor you and your students. Here's how: Personalize LearningThe New MyPoliSciLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. MyPoliSciLab is now compatible with BlackBoard! Engage StudentsThe stunning visual design engages students in the text. Improve Critical Thinking Learning objectives in every chapter help students focus on important topics. Analyze Current EventsCoverage of the 2012 elections keeps the study of politics relevant and shows how political scientists look at the development of the American political system. Support InstructorsA full supplements package including the Class Preparation Tool in the New MyPoliSciLab is available. 0205950078 / 9780205950072 Living Democracy Plus 2012 Election Edition, NEW MyPoliSciLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205883907 / 9780205883905 Living Democracy, 2012 Election 0205949975 / 9780205949977 NEW MyPoliSciLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access Card

Author Biography

Daniel M. Shea is a Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship and has authored or co-authored several books on the American political process.


Joanne Connor Green is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and former Director of Women's Studies at Texas Christian University. Her research and teaching interests include the role of gender in congressional elections and issues of substantive representation in state legislatures.


Christopher E. Smith is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He previously taught at the University of Akron and the University of Connecticut at Hartford. As a specialist on courts and constitutional law, he has written more than 20 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on law and politics.

Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Complete Table of Contents


1. Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1: American Government: Democracy in Action

Chapter 2: Early Governance and the Constitutional Framework

Chapter 3: Federalism

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties

Chapter 5: Civil Rights

Chapter 6: Congress

Chapter 7: The Presidency

Chapter 8: Bureaucracy

Chapter 9: The Judiciary

Chapter 10: Political Socialization and Public Opinion

Chapter 11: The Politics of the Media

Chapter 12: Interest Groups and Civic and Political Engagement

Chapter 13: Elections and Political Parties in America

Chapter 14: The Policy Process and Economic Policy

Chapter 15: Foreign and National Security Policy


2. Full Table of Contents


1. American Government: Democracy in Action

It’s Your Government

Themes of This Book

Pathways of Action: The Occupy Movement….or Moment?

Timeline: The Immigration Debate

Pathways of Change: How Quickly Can a Nation Establish a Democratic Foundation?

Citizen Participation and Pathways: The Example of Abortion

Change and Stability in American Government

Student Profile: Young Conservative Activists?

Key Concept Map: Can Average Citizens Play a Meaningful Role in American Politics?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Candidate for Congress

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Do You Measure Freedom?


2. Early Governance and the Constitutional Framework

The Nature of Government and Politics

Types of Governments

Pathways of Change: Overthrow and Revolution

Early Governance in America

Pathways of Action: The Trial of Peter Zenger

Timeline: Thinking About a “Government by the People”

The American Revolution

Student Profile: Heroines of the Revolution?

Myth Exposed

The Articles of Confederation

The Constitutional Convention

The U.S. Constitution

The Struggle over Ratification

Key Concept Map: How Does Our Nation’s Formative Period Continue to Shape Contemporary Politics?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Founder

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Long Did It Take to Ratify the Constitution?


3. Federalism

Dividing Governmental Authority

National Government: Reasons for Federalism

State and Local Governments

Structure of State governments

Dual Federalism

Before the Civil War

Myth Exposed

Pathways of Action: The Civil War and the Failure of American Politics

After the Civil War

Cooperative and Creative Federalism

The New Deal: Cooperative Federalism

The Great Society: Creative Federalism and Federal Grants

Recent Trends in Federalism


Timeline: Legalizing Marijuana

Student Profile: Scott Berkowitz

Pathways of Change: The Kidnapping of Aziza Rahman

Key Concept Map: How Has Federalism In The United States Evolved?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Judge

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Which States Win or Lose the Federal Aid Game?


4. Civil Liberties

The Bill of Rights in History

Pathways of Action: The Right to Own Guns

First Amendment Rights: Freedom of Religion

First Amendment Rights: Freedom of Speech

Student Profile: Free Speech in School

First Amendment Rights: Freedom of the Press and Obscenity

Pathways of Change: Freedom of the Press

Civil Liberties and Criminal Justice

Myth Exposed

Trial Rights and Capital Punishment

Timeline: Capital Punishment and the Courts


Key Concept Map: Do Americans Have Too Many Or Too Few Civil Liberties Protections?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Police Officer

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Should the Government Apply the Death Penalty?


5. Civil Rights

The Ideal of Equality

Equal Protection of the Law

Litigation Strategies

Myth Exposed

Clarifying the Coverage of the Equal Protection Clause

Pathways of Action: Emerging Claims for Equal Treatment under the Law

Grassroots Mobilization and Civil Rights

Other Historic Struggles for Civil Rights

Contemporary Civil Rights Issues

Pathways of Change: What Would You Do If You Believed That Government Education Policies Disadvantaged A Racial or Ethnic Minority?

Student Profile: Frederick Romberg

Timeline: Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage

Key Concept Map: Which Pathways of Action Shaped Civil Rights to Advance The Ideal Of Equality?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Mayor

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Are All Forms of Discrimination the Same?


6. Congress

The Nature and Style of Representation

Congress and the Constitution

Organizing Congress: Committees

Student Profile: Georgetown Law Student Susan Fluke

Myth Exposed

Pathways of Action: The Crisis over Raising the Debt Ceiling

Organizing Congress: Political Parties and Leadership

Organizing Congress: Rules and Norms

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Timeline: The Voting Rights Act of 1965     

Who Sits in Congress

Are Americans Losing Faith in the “People’s Branch”?

Pathways of Change: Manure, Crackers, and Dog Graft?

Key Concept Map: How Does the Organization of Congress both Enhance And Inhibit The Legislative Process?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Consumer Advocate

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can Congress Get Anything Done?


7. The Presidency

The President and the Constitution

The Evolution of the Presidency

Pathways of Action: FDR TAKES CHARGE!


The Informal Powers of the President

The Roles of Modern Presidents


Presidential Greatness

Myth Exposed

Pathways of Change from Around the World: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Key Concept Map: How Have Presidential Powers Evolved Since The Adoption Of The Constitution?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a First-Term President

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Influences the President’s Public Approval?


8. Bureaucracy

The Federal Bureaucracy

Pathways of Action: Standards for Air Pollution and Smog

Departments and Independent Agencies

Pathways of Change: Would You Protest Against Favoritism for Government Officials’ Families and Their Political Allies?

The Nature of Bureaucracy

Myth Exposed

The Lobbying Pathway and Policymaking

Timeline: The Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency

Student Profile: UNLV Law Students against Deportation

Key Concept Map: How Do Elements of the Bureaucracy both Strengthen And Weaken Its Effectiveness?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are Head of FEMA

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Puts the ‘Big’ in Big Government?


9. The Judiciary

Court Structure and Processes

The Power of American Judges

Judicial Selection

Myth Exposed

Judicial Decision-Making

Action in the Court Pathway

Pathways of Action: Challenging Affirmative Action

Timeline: The Battle over Affirmative Action

Student Profile: Inkwell Editors v. Armstrong Atlantic State University

Implementation and Impact of Court Decisions

Judicial Policymaking and Democracy

Pathways of Change: What Would You Do If The Independence Of The American Judiciary Was Threatened?

Key Concept Map: How Much Power Should Judges Have?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Supreme Court Clerk

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Are the Activist Judges?


10. Political Socialization and Public Opinion

Public Opinion

The Stability of Political Beliefs

Timeline: Bullying In the United States

Political Ideology

Myth Exposed

Student Profile: Spark’s Lego Petition

Political Socialization

Pathways of Action: Celebrities and Global Activism Events

Social Groups and Political Values

Measuring Public Opinion

Pathways of Change: What Do The Breast Cancer Site, (Red), PBS, Good, And The National Wildlife Federation Have In Common?

Key Concept Map: How Do People Acquire Their Political Values, and How Stable Is Public Opinion?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Polling Consultant

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Do Young People Think about Politics Today?


11. The Politics of the Media

Mass Media

The Growth of Mass Media

Myth Exposed

Pathways of Change from Around the World: Wael Ghonim

Functions of the Media

Student Profile: Eyeglasses for the Developing World

Political Use of the Media

Pathways of Action: The Strategic Use of Leaks

Timeline: The Road to Equality – Women’s Rights

The Media and the Public in the Political Arena

Governmental Regulations

Key Concept Map: How Do The Media Impact Our Political System?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Newspaper Editor

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Where Do You Get Your Political News?


12. Interest Groups and Civic and Political Engagement

Activism and Protest in the United States

Influencing Government through Mobilization and Participation

Functions and Types of Interest Groups

Pathways of Action: LULAC

Pathways of Change from Around the World: Students for Education Reform in Chile

Interest Group Mobilization

Timeline: Gun Control

Inside and Outside Lobbying

Student Profile: Tim Tebow

Myth Exposed

The Influence of Interest Groups

Key Concept Map: How Do Interest Groups Mobilize The Masses?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Lobbyist

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can interest Groups Buy Public Policy?


13. Elections and Political Parties in America

Expansion of the Electorate and Other Legal Issues

Timeline: The Right to Vote

Individual Participation in Elections

Political Parties in America

Party Eras in American History

Myth Exposed

Minor Parties in American Politics

Parties and the Nomination Process

Student Profile: Young Delegates

Electoral College

The Role of Money in Elections

Key Concept Map: How Do Aspects Of The Electoral Process Shape The Democratic Nature Of Our Political System?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Campaign Strategist

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Is the Electoral College Democratic?


14. The Policy Process and Economic Policy

The Policy Process

Myth Exposed

Student Profile: Jacy Good

Timeline: Environmental Movement

Types of Public Policy

Measuring Economic Performance

The Key Players in the Development of Economic Policy



Pathways of Action: AARP

Monetary Policy

Key Concept Map: Why Is Budget Policy Also Social Policy?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Reserve Chair

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Broke the Economy?


15. Foreign and National Security Policy

Competing Principles for American Foreign Policy

Timeline: U.S. Troops in the War on Terror

Links between Foreign and Domestic Policy

The Domestic Context of American Foreign Policymaking

Pathways of Action: Bono and ONE

Political Institutions and Foreign Policymaking

Foreign Policy and National Security Issues

Myth Exposed

Student Profile: Jonathan Greenacre

Key Concept Map: How Are U.S. Foreign Policy And Domestic Policy Linked?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a President during a Foreign Policy Crisis

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Much Does America Spend on Defense?


> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Declaration of Independence

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Constitution of the United States

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 10

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 15

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 51

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 78

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Anti-Federalist No. 17

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Marbury v. Madison

> MyPoliSciLab Document: McCulloch v. Maryland

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Brown v. Board of Education

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Gettysburg Address

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Washington’s Farewell Address

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