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The Enduring Democracy

The Enduring Democracy

Sixth Edition
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November 2019 | 440 pages | CQ Press

“This textbook explains the ideas, institutions, and interests that form American government and politics through historical evolution and contemporary debates. It engages students with clear writing and informative visuals and provides a comprehensive overview of the American political system.”
—Meena Bose, Hofstra University

The Enduring Democracy examines the current state of American politics through the lenses of American history and the nation’s changing demographics. This two-pronged approach encourages students to place current issues and controversies into historical perspective, and to think critically about how those issues and controversies are impacted by America’s increasingly diverse population. By analyzing and understanding the influences of historical context and demographics, students can debate effectively with references, use historical outcomes to predict for the future, and create strong arguments based on what they know about fundamental changes in the political landscape. The highly anticipated Sixth Edition frames the 2016 general election and 2018 midterm elections from the perspective of what they mean to college students, so that they can see the relevance of American government in their daily lives.

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Letter to Instructors
Letter to Students
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About the Authors
Career Opportunities: Political Science

Careers in Political Science

Preparing While Still on Campus


Chapter 1 Introduction to The Enduring Democracy
Presidential Campaigns, History, Diversity, and American Politics

Forms and Functions of Government

American Government and Politics

American Political Culture

Is American Democracy in Decline?



Chapter 2 The Founding and the Constitution
The Beginnings of a New Nation

The Constitutional Convention

The New Constitution

The Ratification Battle

Changing the Constitution



Chapter 3 Federalism
What Is Federalism?

The History of American Federalism

Why Federalism? Advantages and Disadvantages



Chapter 4 Civil Liberties
The Bill of Rights: Origins and Evolution

Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause

Free Expression Rights

The Right to Bear Arms and the Rights of the Criminally Accused

The Modern Right to Privacy



Chapter 5 Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements
Types of Equality

The Struggle for Equality: Approaches and Tactics

The Struggle for Equality: Race, Ethnicity, and Civil Rights

The Women’s Movement and Gender Equality

Other Group Struggles for Equality

Continuing Struggles over Equality in the Modern Era



CHAPTER 6 Congress
Article I and the Creation of Congress

The Structure and Organization of Congress

The Committee System

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Oversight and Personnel Functions of Congress

Constituent Service: Helping People Back Home



Chapter 7 The Presidency
Where Do Presidents Come From? Presidential Comings and Goings

The Evolution of the American Presidency

Express Powers and Responsibilities of the President

Implied Powers and Responsibilities of the President

Presidential Resources

Important Presidential Relationships



Chapter 8 The Federal Bureaucracy
What Is Bureaucracy?

What Does the Federal Bureaucracy Do?

The Development of the Federal Bureaucracy

Getting Control of the Growing Bureaucracy

The Organization of the Federal Bureaucracy

The Federal Workforce



Chapter 9 The Judiciary
Types of Law

The Structure of the U.S. Legal System

The Adversarial System of Justice

Judicial Review and Its Implications

Limitations on Courts

Electing and Appointing Judges

How a Case Proceeds within the U.S. Supreme Court

Judicial Decision-Making and Debates over the Exercise of Judicial Power



Chapter 10 Public Opinion
Public Opinion in American Politics

The Levels of Public Opinion

How Informed Is Public Opinion?

How Does Public Opinion Form?

How Is Public Opinion Measured?

Interpreting Public Opinion Data



Chapter 11 Interest Groups
Pluralism and the Interest-Group System

Interest Groups in Action

Types of Interest Groups

How Interest Groups Achieve Their Goals



Chapter 12 The Media and American Politics
The Media in American Politics

Historical Development of the Media

The Mass Media Today

Effects of the Media

Criticisms of the News Media



Chapter 13 Political Parties and Voting
The Development of Political Parties in the United States

The Functions of Political Parties

Why a Two-Party System?

Party Organizations


Exercising the Franchise

Participation beyond Voting



Chapter 14 Campaigns and Elections
American Presidential Elections in Historical Perspective

The Nomination Campaign

The General Election Campaign

Campaign Funding

Congressional Campaigns and Elections



Chapter 15 American Public Policy
An Overview of the Policy-Making Process

Theories and Practice in Economic Policy

The Welfare State and Programs for the Poor

The Social Security System and Health Care Policy

Foreign Policy



Declaration of Independence

Annotated Constitution of the United States of America

Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51

Presidents of the United States

Electoral College Results, 2000–2016



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“This textbook explains the ideas, institutions, and interests that form American government and politics through historical evolution and contemporary debates. It engages students with clear writing and informative visuals, and provides a comprehensive overview of the American political system.”

Meena Bose
Hofstra University

“A thorough American government textbook that has all of the nuts and bolts of American politics, which is inclusive and meaningful to students.”

Daphne M. Cooper
Indian River State College

“This book is the best I have reviewed in encouraging student and critical thinking.”

William Lee Jackson
Central Texas College

“This text describes US politics past and present while encouraging student political engagement.”

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SUNY Sullivan