Gateways to Democracy,
4th Edition

John G. Geer, Richard Herrera, Wendy J. Schiller, Jeffrey A. Segal

ISBN-13: 9781337097734 | ISBN-10: 133709773x

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 704 pages

List Price USD $149.95


GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY introduces you to the American political system, pointing out in each chapter the "gateways" that facilitate, or at times block, participation. In emphasizing how the political system works, and how individuals and groups have opened gates to influence public policy, the text helps you see the relevance of government in your life.

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Meet the Authors

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John G. Geer is the Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, a professor of political science and co-director of the Vanderbilt Poll. He teaches Introduction to American Politics, as well as specialty courses on elections and campaigns, and has been honored with numerous teaching awards at both Arizona State University and Vanderbilt University. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Princeton University. Dr. Geer has published widely, including IN DEFENSE OF NEGATIVITY, which won the Goldsmith Prize from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. A frequent commentator in the press, he has made appearances on all the major networks (Fox News, CBS Evening News, CNN) and has been quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST and the LOS ANGELES TIMES. He also has done interviews for major international outlets, such as BBC and Al Jazeera. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Richard Herrera is professor emeritus of political science in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he taught for 30 years, including courses in American politics, American political parties and American politics and film. He also directed the ASU Capital Scholars Washington, D.C., Summer Internship program and received the Faculty Teaching Achievement Award at ASU in 2020. Dr. Herrera has contributed articles to the AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, JOURNAL OF POLITICS, LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY and STATE POLITICS AND POLICY QUARTERLY. Currently, his research interests are focused on U.S. governors, their ideology, policy agendas and representative functions. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wendy Schiller is the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence in Political Science and Professor of Public & International Affairs at Brown University, where she teaches courses on a wide range of American politics topics, including Introduction to the American Political Process, The American Presidency, Congress and Public Policy, Parties and Interest Groups, and The Philosophy of the American Founding. She also is a political analyst for local and national media outlets. Dr. Schiller's published works include ELECTING THE SENATE: INDIRECT DEMOCRACY BEFORE THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT with Charles Stewart III, THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS with Burdett Loomis and PARTNERS AND RIVALS: REPRESENTATION IN U.S. SENATE DELEGATIONS. In her prior roles, she was legislative assistant for Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, a federal lobbyist for Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, a guest scholar and Ph.D. fellow at the Brookings Institution and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. She can be found on Twitter at profwschiller.

Jeffrey A. Segal (PhD, Michigan State University) is SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of the political science department at Stony Brook University. He has served as Senior Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and held a Guggenheim Fellowship. Segal is best known, with Harold Spaeth, as the leading proponent of the attitudinal model of Supreme Court decision-making. Segal has twice won the Wadsworth Award for a book (with Spaeth) or article 10 years or older with lasting influence on law and courts. He has also won the C. Herman Pritchett Award (again with Spaeth) for best book on law and courts. His work on the influence of strategic factors on Supreme Court decision-making won the Franklin Burdette Award from APSA. With Lee Epstein, Kevin Quinn, and Andrew Martin, he won Green Bag's award for exemplary legal writing. He has also won a national award sponsored by the American Bar Association for innovative teaching and instructional methods and materials in law and courts.

  • Expanded information about the Tea Party, Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and factions in the Republican Party.
  • New information about recent Supreme Court cases and their ramifications, such as Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) and same-sex marriage.
  • A dedicated focus on diversity and participation reflects the changing demographic infrastructure in America today.
  • Coverage of Hillary Clinton's quest to become the first female U.S. president.
  • A new Election 2016 feature gives context to the chapter's subject. Topics include the changing and frustrated electorate, the role of the media, and the partisan inclinations of Latinos.
  • Discussion of how the Supreme Court has changed and may lean differently after Justice Antonin Scalia's passing.
  • A new Political Analytics feature in each chapter prepares students to evaluate the vast amounts of data present in today's political discourse. The feature asks students to look closely at visual representations of data and to think critically about what they see.
  • New opening chapter vignettes featuring Oregon Governor Kate Brown, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Utah Rep. Mia Love, former President Barack Obama, Los Angeles CAO Miguel Santana, and Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer.
  • An expanded section on protest politics, including the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Policy coverage appears in a section in each chapter and in a stand-alone chapter at the end of the book, allowing instructors to focus on policy as much or as little as they wish. Each chapter highlights a domestic, economic, or foreign policy issue related to the chapter subject. Students learn how policies such as minimum wage and national security surveillance are a product of the policymaking process, and how that process can serve as a gateway to citizen participation. "Construct Your Own Policy" exercises ask students to consider how they would use what they've learned to affect policy-making.
  • To promote student engagement, chapter-opening vignettes spotlight individuals who have successfully navigated their own way in politics. The important role of the vignette for the instructor is to show students how people like them have made a difference in American political and social life. Vignette subjects vary by historical era, career choice, gender, race, ethnicity, and party affiliation.
  • Questions in the text's margins and interpretive questions at the end of each chapter ask students to summarize and apply what they have learned about American democracy and evaluate our democratic system in terms of responsiveness and equality. These features sharpen students' analytical skills and encourage them to begin evaluating the success of the American system.
  • This edition presents an in-depth look at emerging issues such as same-sex marriage laws, the legalization of marijuana, and the impact of partisanship on Congress.
  • Each chapter features a Supreme Court case to illustrate the constitutional and legal context in which American democracy has evolved. Critical-thinking questions at the end of the feature tie the case to the chapter's content and the book's themes of gateways, responsiveness, and equality.

Table of Contents

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1. Gateways to American Democracy. 
2. The Constitution. 
3. Federalism. 
4. Civil Liberties. 
5. Civil Rights. 
6. Public Opinion. 
7. The News and Social Media.
8. Interest Groups. 
9. Political Parties. 
10. Elections and Campaigns. 
11. Voting and Participation. 
12. Congress. 
13. The Presidency. 
14. The Bureaucracy. 
15. The Judiciary.
16. Economic, Domestic, and Foreign Policy.
A. The Declaration of Independence.
B. The Constitution of the United States.
C. Federalist Papers 10 and 51.

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