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Keeping the Republic Brief - Vantage Digital Option

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

Eighth Edition

June 2019 | CQ Press

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About Keeping the Republic, Eighth Brief Edition 

Keeping the Republic draws students into the study of American politics, showing them how to think critically about “who gets what, and how” while exploring the twin themes of power and citizenship. Students are pushed to consider how and why institutions and rules determine who wins and who loses in American politics, and to be savvy consumers of political information. 

The thoroughly updated Eighth Edition considers how a major component of power is who controls the information, how it is assembled into narratives, and whether we come to recognize fact from fiction. Citizens now have unprecedented access to power – the ability to create and share their own narratives – while simultaneously being even more vulnerable to those trying to shape their views. The political landscape of today gives us new ways to keep the republic, and some high-tech ways to lose it. 

Carefully condensed from the full version by authors Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright, Keeping the Republic, Brief Edition gives your students all the continuity and crucial content, in a more concise, value-oriented package.

To the Student
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

The Split From England

The Articles of Confederation

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitution


Citizenship and the Founding

What Is Federalism?

American Federalism Over Time

Federalism Today

Citizenship and Federalism

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

The Meaning of Political Inequality

Rights Denied on the Basis of Race: African Americans

Rights Denied on the Basis of Other Racial and Ethnic Identities

Rights Denied on the Basis of Gender

Rights Denied on Other Bases

Citizenship and Civil Rights Todat

Understanding Congress

Congressional Powers and Responsibilities

Congressional Elections

Congressional Organization

How Congress Works

Citizenship and Congress

The Presidential Job Description

The Evolution of American Presidency

Presidential Politics

Managing the Presidential Establishment

The Presidential Personality

Citizenship and the President

What Is Bureaucracy?

The American Federal Bureaucracy

Politics Inside the Bureaucracy

External Bureaucratic Politics

Citizenship and the Bureaucracy

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

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

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

Exercising the Right to Vote in America

How America Decides

Presidential Campaigns

Citizenship and Elections

Where Do We Get Our Information?

How Does Media Ownership Affect Control of the Narrative?

Spinning Political Narratives

Politics as Public Relations

Citizenship and the Media

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



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  • Up-to-date 2018 midterm election coverage and analysis, particularly in the chapters on Congress, the Presidency, and Political Parties, provide students with a current snapshot of the results and an overview of the bipartisan battle for control.
  • New What’s at Stake? features examine such topics as the activism of the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, the import of party control of Congress, the conflict between corporate and small-scale growers over organic farming, the effect of rolling back regulations, the threat of nuclear weapons, the consequences of overturning executive action on climate change, the impact of popular referenda, and Donald Trump’s presidency. Nearly all the other chapters’ “What’s at Stake?” features have been revised and updated with the latest information and news.
  • New Don’t Be Fooled By… boxes discuss big data and parody news sites. Nearly all other features have been revised an updated with the latest information and news.
  • New Profiles in Citizenship interviews feature former third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, political commentator Nicole Wallace, and Senators Tammy Duckworth and Jeff Flake.
  • Updated and revised The Big Picture and Snapshot of America graphics include the latest information and data.
  • New and relevant scholarship, data, examples, and photos are included throughout.
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