By the People

By the People : Debating American Government

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Challenge your students to ENGAGE in the conversation and process; THINK about the ideas, history, structure, and function; and DEBATE the merits of American government and politics in the 21st century.
In a storytelling approach that weaves contemporary examples together with historical context, By the People: Debating American Government explores the themes and ideas that drive the great debates in American government and politics. It introduces students to big questions like Who governs? Howdoes our system of government work? What does government do? and Who are we? By challenging students with these questions, the text gets them to think about, engage with, and debate the merits of U.S. government and politics.
* "By the Numbers" boxes containing fun facts help frame the quizzical reality of American politics and government
* "Comparing Nations" boxes discuss how other nations operate their courts, legislatures, media, and elections and help students understand what is vital and distinctive about the U.S.
* "See For Yourself" features enable students to connect with the click of a smart phone to videos and other interactive online content
* Chapter Two introduces students to seven key American ideas, which are revisited throughout the text
* "The Bottom Line" summaries conclude each chapter section, underscoring the most important aspects of the discussion
* "What Do You Think?" boxes encourage students to use their critical-thinking skills and debate issues in American government
* Four major themes, in the form of questions to spark debate, are presented to students in Chapter One and appear throughout the text
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For instructors, this site includes the teaching tools described below. For students, it offers a number of study tools including learning objectives, key-concept summaries, quizzes and essay questions, web activities, and web links.
Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank
Computerized Test Bank: Using the test authoring and management tool Diploma, this computerized test bank is designed for both novice and advanced users.
PowerPoint-based Slides: Each chapter's slide deck includes a succinct chapter outline and incorporates relevant chapter graphics. Available on the Instructor's Resource CD and as a download online.
Instructor's Resource CD: This includes the Instructor's Resource Manual with Tests, the Computerized Test Bank, the PowerPoint-based slides, and the graphics from the text.
Now Playing: Learning American Government Through Film: This concise print supplement provides a variety of suggested films that illustrate concepts covered in the text. It is available in both a student and an instructor version and can be packaged with By The People for free.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 784 pages
  • 215.9 x 276.86 x 22.86mm | 1,632.92g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • United States
  • English
  • 0195383338
  • 9780195383331
  • 2,111,948

About Professor James Morone

James Morone (B.A., Middlebury College, and M.A. and PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor of Political Science at Brown University and five-time winner of the Hazeltine Citation for outstanding teacher of the year. A renowned scholar of American Political Science, Dr. Morone, an award-winning author, has published eight books including The Heart of Power (2009), Hellfire Nation (2003), and The Democratic Wish (1990). He served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association from 1999-2000 and the New England Political Science Association from 2002-03. He has been on the board of editors for eight scholarly journals and comments on politics in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, and The American Prospect.
Rogan Kersh (M.A. and PhD, Yale) is Provost and Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University. A leading scholar in American Political Science, Dr. Kersh is best known for his work on health reform, obesity politics, and interest groups/lobbying. From 2006-12 he served as Associate Dean of the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where he built an undergraduate program, helped conceive and create NYU's new campus in Abu Dhabi, and was integral in the launch of a new Global Institute of Public Health. Dr. Kersh has published two books, more than fifty academic articles, and has provided commentary on U.S politics for dozens of different media outlets including CNN, Newsweek, and The New York Times. He was President of the American Political Science Association's organized section on Health Politics and Policy in 2011-12, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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"By the People takes the important themes of American politics and brings them out through a series of interesting narratives, thoughtful questions, and strategic use of the best research in political science. Students will get caught up in the opening narratives and keep reading as the authors alternatively question and explain the central dilemmas of the American political system."--Amanda Rosen, Webster University
"Finally, the textbook you have been looking for. A fun text that your students will want to read that also gives them the information you want them to have. In addition, it leads them down the path to critical thinking about politics, political behavior, and what affects both."--Delaina Toothman, University of Maine
"I find its approach refreshing, departing from the typical textbooks out there. And knowing my students, I find that those who wish to learn would get a great deal out of it, and those who hate politics would find many aspects engaging."--Michaela Fazecas, University of Central Florida
"An excellent introductory text that distills and integrates what we know about the essential roles of ideas, institutions, interests, and individuals in American politics and presents the material with exceptional clarity while avoiding oversimplification."--Gary Mucciaroni, Temple University
"An original and engaging approach to American politics. It covers a wide spectrum of material with a conversational tone that includes numerous examples and stories that many students are sure to appreciate."--Michael Parkin, Oberlin College
"A most welcome addition to the field of American Government texts. It is clearly written and inventive in many ways. In all, a superior text."--Jeneen Hobby, Cleveland State University
"An advanced perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the American political system."--Frederick Gordon, Columbus State University
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