The Promise and Performance of American Democracy

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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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Grounded in current political science research and the latest scholarship, THE PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 10th Edition, uses the title's theme as an organizing framework, effectively engaging students in American politics. The "promise" of democracy is analyzed using three core principles: majority rule, political freedom, and political equality. Bond and Smith further explore these principles in features such as "Living the Promise" and "Promise and Policy" boxes, the latter of which integrates the policy discussion into the chapter, rather than at the end of the book as many other texts handle policy. The "performance" of democracy is integrated into the book with an assessment at the end of every chapter, along with a concluding policy chapter. Adopting instructors praise THE PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 10th Edition for its great command and incorporation of political science literature and research, including a wealth of quality data in well-illustrated tables and figures. Not only the ideal text for reading and learning, it also is a standard-setting example of how political science is researched and written by the practitioners in academia.

Table of Contents

The Promise of Democracy
The Constituional Framework
The American Constitution
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Connecting Citizens To Government
Interest Groups
Political Parties
The Mass Media and Politics
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Voting Behavior and Political Participation
Official Decision Making
The Presidency
The Bureaucracy
The Federal Judiciary
The Policy Performance of American Democracy
Appendix: The Constitution of the United States
Federalist Number 10
Federalist Number 51
Case Index
Name Index
Subject Index
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