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, Brief Second Edition, explores the themes and ideas that drive the great debates in American government and politics. It introduces students to big questions like Who governs? How does 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.
Ideal for professors who prefer a shorter text, By the People, Brief Second Edition, condenses the content of the comprehensive edition while also preserving its essential insights, organization, and approach. Approximately 20% shorter and less expensive than its parent text, the full-color Brief Second Edition features a more streamlined narrative and is enhanced by its own unique supplements package.
ENGAGE
* -By the Numbers- boxes containing fun facts help frame the quizzical reality of American politics and government
* -See For Yourself- features enable students to connect with the click of a smart phone to videos and other interactive online content
THINK
* Chapter One 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
DEBATE
* -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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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 201 x 251 x 23mm | 1,089g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0190216735
  • 9780190216733

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-'Engage, Think, Debate' should become pedagogical theme of all American Government courses in the 21st century.---E. Perry Ballard, Daytona State College


-A comprehensive overview of American political processes that is engaging and informative. The authors continually challenge students to think critically about controversial issues and include relevant and thoughtful examples to reinforce learning.---Steven Nawara, Valdosta State University


-The writing style is terrific and accessible. Students like the way it is written and visual learners will appreciate the graphics and 'By the Numbers.' Given the content, writing, organization, and price, there is not a better text on the market.---John Shively, Longview Community College


-By the People is comprehensive, engaging, and sensitive to cultivating relevant connections between students and politics (which can be all too abstract at times).---Jay Cerrato, Bronx Community College


-Throughout the text, the issues that are selected are important to students and they will be engaged with the alternating viewpoints that are summarized. From an instructor's perspective, I will use this to stimulate debate and discussion among students.---Michael Petersen, Utah State University "'Engage, Think, Debate' should become pedagogical theme of all American Government courses in the 21st century."--E. Perry Ballard, Daytona State College


"A comprehensive overview of American political processes that is engaging and informative. The authors continually challenge students to think critically about controversial issues and include relevant and thoughtful examples to reinforce learning."--Steven Nawara, Valdosta State University


"The writing style is terrific and accessible. Students like the way it is written and visual learners will appreciate the graphics and 'By the Numbers.' Given the content, writing, organization, and price, there is not a better text on the market."--John Shively, Longview Community College


"By the People is comprehensive, engaging, and sensitive to cultivating relevant connections between students and politics (which can be all too abstract at times)."--Jay Cerrato, Bronx Community College


"Throughout the text, the issues that are selected are important to students and they will be engaged with the alternating viewpoints that are summarized. From an instructor's perspective, I will use this to stimulate debate and discussion among students."--Michael Petersen, Utah State University "'Engage, Think, Debate' should become pedagogical theme of all American Government courses in the 21st century."--E. Perry Ballard, Daytona State College
"A comprehensive overview of American political processes that is engaging and informative. The authors continually challenge students to think critically about controversial issues and include relevant and thoughtful examples to reinforce learning."--Steven Nawara, Valdosta State University


"The writing style is terrific and accessible. Students like the way it is written and visual learners will appreciate the graphics and 'By the Numbers.' Given the content, writing, organization, and price, there is not a better text on the market."--John Shively, Longview Community College


"By the People is comprehensive, engaging, and sensitive to cultivating relevant connections between students and politics (which can be all too abstract at times)."--Jay Cerrato, Bronx Community College


"Throughout the text, the issues that are selected are important to students and they will be engaged with the alternating viewpoints that are summarized. From an instructor's perspective, I will use this to stimulate debate and discussion among students."--Michael Petersen, Utah State University


"This is a very well-organized, comprehensive text on American government and politics that really promotes good critical-thinking skills and discussion/writing."--Kimberly Casey, Northwest Missouri State University


"This is one of the most comprehensive texts on American government and politics on the market today. Two aspects that I truly love are the 'By the Numbers' and the 'What Do You Think' features. I think that the supplements make this book extremely user friendly for both instructors and students. I would pick it over its competitors any day!"--Nichole Boutte-Heiniluoma, Jarvis Christian College


"By the People's greatest strength is its emphasis on the connection between the events and theory it discusses and students' lives."--Mikhail Rybalko, Texas Tech University


"This is a book that goes beyond the traditional format of 'Describe a concept, give a historical antecedent, and move to the next concept.' It challenges students to consider the real world and how they fit into it."--Patrick Moore, Richland College


"I like the 'What Do You Think' features; I think that they could be used to start good conversations. In a large class they might be items that professors assign for recitation sections (or short essays) and in smaller classes they offer great ideas to debate further in class."--Zachary Baumann, The Pennsylvania State University
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About Professor of Political Science James A Morone

James A. 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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