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Keeping the Republic
Power and Citizenship in American Politics - Brief Edition

Seventh Edition
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November 2016 | 600 pages | CQ Press

This refreshed and dynamic Seventh Edition of Keeping the Republic, Brief revitalizes the twin themes of power and citizenship by adding to the imperative for students to navigate competing political narratives about who should get what, and how they should get it. The exploding possibilities of the digital age make this task all the more urgent and complex.  Carefully condensed from the full version by authors Christine Barbour and Gerald C. Wright, this Brief Edition continues to meet students where they are in order to give them a sophisticated understanding of American politics and teach them the skills to think critically about it.  It provides all the continuity and crucial content in a more concise, value-priced package, and has been refocused to look not just at power and citizenship but at the role that control of information and its savvy consumption play in keeping the republic.

 

Analysis of the 2016 elections is throughout the book, plus many instances of features such as “What’s at Stake?”, “Profiles in Citizenship”, and “Snapshots of America” are all new; the others have been updated to reflect the latest information and data, especially given the unprecedented 2016 campaigns.  Nearly half of the stunning infographics have been re-imagined to improve interpretation. End of chapter materials have been streamlined, with “Engage” and “Explore” sections now available only online. New digital resources offer curated, relevant AP news videos and SAGE original videos on foundational concepts and processes—with assignable, multiple choice assessment questions that are automatically graded through your learning management system. These are identified in the Review section at the end of each chapter. A new Coursepack allows instructors to easily integrate the text’s content into their own learning management system, and new data exercises and videos give students even more opportunities to thoroughly understand core concepts.

 

The text is also available as an Interactive eBook—and is $5 when bundled with the print version of the new edition! To give your students access to this dynamic version of the book, place your order using ISBN 978-1-5063-7131-3.  


 
Preface
 
To the Student
 
1 POWER AND CITIZENSHIP IN AMERICAN POLITICS
What Is Politics?  
Political Systems and the Concept of Citizenship  
Democracy in America  
Who Is a Citizen and Who Is Not?  
What Do American Citizens Believe?  
How to Use the Themes and Features in This Book  
Citizenship and Politics  
 
2 THE POLITICS OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDING
The Split From England  
The Articles of Confederation  
The Constitutional Convention  
The Constitution  
Ratification  
Citizenship and the Founding  
 
3 FEDERALISM
What Is Federalism?  
American Federalism Over Time  
Federalism Today  
Citizenship and Federalism  
 
4 FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN LIBERTIES
Rights in a Democracy  
The Bill of Rights and the States  
Freedom of Religion  
Freedom of Expression  
The Right to Bear Arms  
The Rights of Criminal Defendants  
The Right to Privacy  
Citizenship and Civil Liberties  
 
5 THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
The Meaning of Political Inequality  
Rights Denied on the Basis of Race  
Rights Denied on the Basis of Race and Ethnicity  
Rights Denied on the Basis of Gender  
Rights Denied on Other Bases  
Citizenship and Civil Rights Today  
 
6 CONGRESS
Understanding Congress  
Congressional Powers and Responsibilities  
Congressional Elections  
Congressional Organization  
How Congress Works  
Citizenship and Congress  
 
7 THE PRESIDENCY
The Presidential Job Description  
The Evolution of the American Presidency  
Presidential Politics  
Managing the Presidential Establishment  
The Presidential Personality  
Citizenship and the Presidency  
 
8 THE BUREAUCRACY
What Is Bureaucracy?  
The American Federal Bureaucracy  
Politics Inside the Bureaucracy  
External Bureaucratic Politics  
Citizenship and the Bureaucracy  
 
9 THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE COURTS
Law and the American Legal System  
Constitutional Provisions and the Development of Judicial Review  
Federalism and the American Courts  
The Supreme Court  
Citizenship and the Courts  
 
10 PUBLIC OPINION
The Role of Public Opinion in a Democracy  
Citizen Values  
What Influences Our Opinions About Politics?  
Measuring and Tracking Public Opinion  
Citizenship and Public Opinion  
 
11 PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS
What Are Political Parties?  
The American Party System  
The Roles, Formation, and Types of Interest Groups  
Interest Group Politics  
Interest Group Resources  
Citizenship and Political Groups  
 
12 VOTING, CAMPAIGNS, AND ELECTIONS
Exercising the Right to Vote in America  
How America Decides  
Presidential Campaigns  
Citizenship and Elections  
 
13 MEDIA, POWER, AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
Where Do We Get Our Information?  
How Does Media Ownership Affect Control of the Narrative?  
Who Are the Journalists?  
Spinning Political Narratives  
Politics as Public Relations  
Citizenship and the Media  
 
14 DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICY
Making Public Policy  
Social Policy  
Economic Policy  
Foreign Policy  
Citizenship and Policy  
 
Appendix Material
 
Articles of Confederation
 
Declaration of Independence
 
Constitution of the United States
 
Notes
 
Glossary
 
Index

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Keeping the Republic: Brief Edition does a tremendous job of balancing in-depth analysis of the text with shorter chapters. The book’s features and infographics are extremely helpful and come full circle by integrating the theme of power and citizenship in a brief and meaningful way throughout the text.”

Victoria Cordova
Sam Houston State University

Keeping the Republic: Brief Edition encourages students to become analytical by introducing both the historical concepts of American government along with a wide variety of analytical questions and visual displays of data. My students are able to write about American politics using the terminology of the discipline, given this text as their handbook. I particularly appreciate the book’s infographics, which underscore the importance of demographic data to understanding how and why policies change.”

Karen McCurdy
Georgia Southern University

Keeping the Republic: Brief Edition is an American government textbook that contains many helpful features and infographics that make the material accessible and easy to use.  It is a great text for online learning. The book’s The Big Picture infographics are a great study tool and an excellent study source to help students understand ‘the big picture.’ They look great and make an incredible impact!”

Christi Gramling
Charleston State University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • Up-to-date with 2016 election results and analysis, particularly in the chapters on Congress, the Presidency, and Political Parties.
  • Updated and revised infographics that better focus on the heart of each topic displayed.
    • New infographic on the book’s inside front cover introduces students to the goals and theme of the book.
    • New graphics include how citizens engage electronically, where and how news consumers get their information, how American women compare politically from a global perspective, and more.
  • The authors have written many new “What’s at Stake?” features. These push students to consider people’s struggle with our system of government.
    • NEW! Chapter 5, “What’s at Stake when a Racial Majority Becomes a Minority?” looks at the rise of the alt-right and the legitimization of white nationalism driven by the perceived loss of power and privilege that comes with the changing racial makeup of America. In
    • NEW! Chapter 6, “What’s at Stake in the Senate’s Obligation to Give Advice and Consent to the President?” asks students to think about why Republicans have refused to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court and how both parties have attempted to shape the narrative around the issue.
    • NEW! Chapter 8 “What’s at Stake…in Regulating the Internet?” focuses on the debate over net neutrality.
    • NEW! Chapter 12, “What’s at Stake in Living in an Information Bubble?” examines the competing narratives around the Orlando nightclub shooter—an ISIS operative or a closeted and mentally disturbed loner?—and the ways these distinct views resonate in separate media spheres.
    • NEW! Chapter 14, “What’s at Stake in a Shrinking Middle Class?” addresses rising income inequality and Bernie Sanders’ use of the issue as a centerpiece of his primary campaign in 2016.
    • Nearly all the other chapters’ “What’s at Stake?” features have been revised and updated with the latest information and news.Nearly all the other chapters’ “What’s at Stake?” features have been revised and updated with the latest information and news.
  • New and revised “Don’t Be Fooled By…” box features focus on digital media, including topics such as news satire and clickbait.
    • Chapter 1, “Don’t Be Fooled by Your Own Information Bubble” challenges students to be aware of the echo chamber created by algorithms that offer up content based on what the user already knows and likes.
    • Chapter 3, “Don’t Be Fooled by Political Rhetoric” prepares students to evaluate the arguments of politicians and pundits by arming themselves against logical fallacies and unfounded appeals to emotion.
    • Chapter 5, “Don’t Be Fooled by News Satire” offers students tips for distinguishing real news stories from satire created by websites like the Daily Currant, National Report, and The Onion.
    • Chapter 13, “Don’t Be Fooled by Clickbait” encourages students to think critically about the tempting links they are bombarded with online.
    • Nearly all other chapters’ “Don’t be Fooled by…” features have been revised and updated with the latest information and news.
  • Profiles in Citizenship – interviews conducted by the authors -- show students ways they can enter public life and make a difference.
    • NEW! “Profiles in Citizenship” features journalists Jose Antonio Vargas and Daniel Savage.  Profiles in Citizenship boxes now appear in print in a briefer presentation; full interviews are available on SAGE edge.
  • Snapshot of America graphics focus on demographics and invite students to explore the connections between data and politics and help them to understand the meaning behind the numbers.
    • NEW “Snapshot of America, How Do American Women Compare Politically?”, focuses on women’s international presence as heads of state and in legislatures and ministerial posts.
    • NEW! “Snapshot of America: Who Are Our Supreme Court Judges?” presents a more visual orientation to the basic facts of every justice currently on the bench.
    • NEW! Snapshot of America” delves into data on how confident we are of the police, by race and ethnicity.
    • NEW! “Snapshot of America: Where Do We Get Our News?”, presents all new data on news consumers, their methods, and their news sources.
  • End of chapter materials have been streamlined, with “Engage” and “Explore” sections now available only online.
  • New digital resources offer curated, relevant AP news videos and SAGE original videos on foundational concepts and processes—with assignable, multiple choice assessment questions that are automatically graded through your learning management system. These are identified in the Review section at the end of each chapter.
  • The media chapter now discusses the role of the news media from a perspective that meets today’s tech-savvy students where they are, while challenging them to rethink the way they interface with political information across a variety of media channels.
  • The chapter on State and Local Government is now available via a custom solution.
  • The authors maintain the conversational and friendly style that the book is known for, but with new streamlining that tightens the focus in each chapter on what matters most while still being vibrantly illustrated and rich in detail.
  • Updated throughout with new and relevant scholarship, data, examples, and photos.

KEY FEATURES

  • Carefully condensed from the full version, the thoroughly revised Brief Seventh Edition provides all the continuity and crucial content in a more concise, value-priced package.
  • The Power & Citizenship themes emphasize politics as not just a struggle over who gets power and resources in society, but also over who gets to control the narrative that defines that struggle.
  • Each chapter’s “The Big Picture” – a two-page, poster-worthy infographic – offer rich visual detail of a key concept that grabs students’ attention and broadens their understanding of big processes, big concepts, and big data.
  • Snapshot of America infographics focus on demographics important to the chapter topic and invite students to explore the connections between data and politics so they can better understand the meaning behind the numbers.
  • In Your Own Words goals at the start of each chapter provide learning objectives to help students organize chapter material as they read. These goals are reinforced in the “Who, What, How” summary at the end of every chapter.
  • The What’s at Stake features push students to consider people’s struggle with our system of government–what the people in our society need, and how the rules effect the outcome of that struggle.
  • Profiles in Citizenship showcase the authors’ interviews with movers and shakers who have made their mark in American politics, demonstrating for students the many ways they can enter public life and make a difference.
  • Chapter-ending resources offer a more contextual learning experience including student Review sections with chapter summaries and key terms.

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