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The Enduring Democracy,
5th Edition

Kenneth Dautrich, David A. Yalof, Christina Bejarano

ISBN-13: 9781337092982 | ISBN-10: 1337092983

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 608 pages

List Price USD $149.95

Overview

THE ENDURING DEMOCRACY, 5th Edition, looks at how problems and controversies characterizing American government today have been successfully tackled in America's past, and it examines how changing demographics of America have affected its political landscape. Updates include coverage of the 2016 election results and the challenges facing the new administration; racial tensions and the responses to address them; an analysis of the policy agenda in the final two years of the Obama administration; a primer on how the polls, parties, and other elements of the political environment have been shaped by the 2016 election campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, new perspectives on President Obama's executive orders on immigration and gun control; and current domestic and foreign policy events, including incidents of gun violence and the growth of ISIS.

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Professor Kenneth Dautrich (Ph.D., Rutgers University) teaches public opinion and public policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on public opinion about the news media and free expression rights. He has authored a number of books and articles including THE FUTURE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Roman and Littlefield, 2008), THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE MEDIA IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and HOW THE NEWS MEDIA FAIL THE AMERICAN VOTER (Columbia University Press, 1999). He is currently finishing a book entitled THE PARADOX OF PUBLIC OPINION (Oxford University Press). Dautrich has conducted many public polls on media, voting, and public policy issues for organizations such as Time Magazine, The Freedom Forum, and a variety of state and federal government agencies. He has been a research fellow at The Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center and Rutgers University's Heldrich Center. He has also served as policy advisor for Governor Jodi Rell. His research on public attitudes about the First Amendment has been supported by the Media Studies Center and the Knight Foundation.

David A. Yalof (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; B.A. and J.D., University of Virginia) is professor and department head of political science at the University of Connecticut. His expertise and teaching and research interests include constitutional law, judicial politics, and the presidency. Dr. Yalof is the author of Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees, winner of the American Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the Best Book on the Presidency. He is also the co-author of The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion (with Kenneth Dautrich) and The Future of the First Amendment: The Digital Media, Civic Education, and Free Expression Rights in America's High Schools (also with Ken Dautrich). Dr. Yalof has written numerous articles for publications such as Political Research Quarterly, Judicature, and Constitutional Commentary. His most recent work, Prosecution Among Friends: Presidents, Attorneys General, and Executive Branch Wrongdoing was published by the Texas A & M University Press. He is currently working on a book-length project examining the role that constitutional precedents played in the recent debate over health care reform.

Christina E. Bejarano (Ph.D. and M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., University of North Texas) is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Her research and teaching interests are in American politics, especially the areas of gender, race/ethnicity, and political behavior. She is particularly interested in studying the conditions under which racial/ethnic minorities and women successfully compete for U.S. electoral office, which is reflected in her book, The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press, 2013). Her work also focuses on how racial/ethnic minorities and women can shape or influence the current electoral environment, as shown in her book, The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (Routledge Press, 2014). Professor Bejarano has also written journal articles for publication in Political Research Quarterly and Politics & Gender.

  • "Diversity Dilemma" boxes in every chapter feature examples of how America's changing demographics and increased diversity have altered the political landscape. The feature touches on contemporary political debates, such as voting rights and immigration policy, across the broad range of American politics. By considering how our ever-changing population poses significant challenges that must be addressed by local and national institutions, students will think critically about how we as a society can most effectively address the challenges and opportunities presented with our diversity.
  • Chapter 5, "Civil Rights, Equality and Social Movements," has been completely revised to more comprehensively consider racial/ethnic politics, especially Latino politics, and the evolution of discrimination against disadvantaged groups in the political arena as well as in the courts.
  • Updated to include complete coverage of the 2016 election results; analysis of the policy agenda for the final two years of the Obama administration; and a primer on the polls, parties, and context for the 2016 presidential election. Includes new historical perspectives on implementation problems associated with major federal programs such as Obamacare, as well as increased coverage of racial and ethnic minorities, insights into current domestic/foreign policy events (including in Syria and Ukraine), and discussion of many other topics consistent with the book's overarching themes.
  • "Who Are You?" exercises at the outset of every chapter encourage students to consider how their own views, assumptions, and, in some cases, biases, shape their positions on contemporary issues in American politics. Students then have the opportunity to discover how their views compare with other subgroups, or with the population as a whole. This feature is fully brought to life in an eye-opening digital exercise through integration into MindTap® Political Science.
  • Supreme Court boxes in every chapter continue to provide accounts of how important Supreme Court decisions in recent history affect the political landscape today; these boxes also consider how our political institutions and behavior actually influence Supreme Court decision-making.
  • Chapters open with learning objectives that serve as a road map to the key concepts and major sections of each chapter, helping students focus on the most important points and assess their comprehension as they read.
  • "From Your Perspective" features provide a student-focused look at the topics presented in each chapter, followed by critical-thinking questions, encouraging students to consider their own views and find opportunities to get involved in their communities and American politics.
  • Each chapter starts with a "Who are You?" exercise that encourages students to consider how their own views, assumptions, and, in some cases, biases, shape their positions on contemporary issues in American politics. These boxes help to orient students from the outset in a framework that focuses on the nation's changing demographics. This feature is fully brought to life in an eye-opening digital exercise through integration into MindTap® Political Science.
  • End-of-chapter Summary sections are broken down by learning objective, a "Test Yourself" quiz with multiple-choice and critical-thinking questions, also tied to the learning objectives, and a review of key terms.
  • "Then and Now" boxes give ample attention to the premise that American political history has a habit of repeating itself. Students see how "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" through examples of contemporary problems and controversies that have been identified, tackled, and in some cases resolved in earlier years. These boxes include critical-thinking questions.

Table of Contents

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Part I: FOUNDATIONS.
1. Introduction to the Enduring Democracy
2. The Founding and the Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements.
Part II: INSTITUTIONS.
6. Congress.
7. The Presidency.
8. The Federal Bureaucracy.
9. The Judiciary.
Part III: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR.
10. Public Opinion.
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media and American Politics.
13. Political Parties and Voting.
14. Campaigns and Elections.
Part IV: PUBLIC POLICY.
15. American Domestic Policy.
16. American Foreign Policy.

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