Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government, The Essentials (with Aplia Printed Access Card) (American and Texas Government)
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- GATEWAYS and Student Engagement: Chapter-opening paragraphs spotlight college students who have used a gateway in the democratic system to effect change. Subjects come from a variety of backgrounds. Examples include activist Gregory Watson who spearheaded the 27th Amendment (the Constitution chapter); political analyst Nate Silver from fivethirtyeight.com (the public opinion chapter); and Supreme Court case plaintiff Jennifer Gratz of Gratz v. Bollinger (the judiciary chapter).
- GATEWAYS and Policy Coverage: Policy coverage appears in a separate section in every chapter, rather than being relegated to standalone chapters at the end of the book. Each chapter highlights one issue, such as environmental, economic, social, or foreign policy--related to the chapter subject. Students learn how policy is an integral part of each and every aspect of American government, how inputs affect outcomes, and how the policy-making process can serve as a gateway to citizen participation. The text's flexibility allows instructors to focus as much on policy as their syllabus requires.
- GATEWAYS and Supreme Court Cases: 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.
- GATEWAYS and Critical Thinking: In each chapter, focus questions at the beginning, margin questions (labeled "Connections") throughout, and interpretive conclusions at the end ask students to evaluate American democracy in terms of responsiveness and equality. These features sharpen students' analytical skills and encourage them to begin evaluating the success of the American system. A final chapter, "Judging the Democratic Experiment," encourages students to assess American democracy itself and examine how they might navigate its gates and gateways to become effective citizens.
- GATEWAYS and The World: "Global Gateways," a comparative and global context feature appears in each chapter to help students place the U.S. government and political system in a global perspective.
GATEWAYS TO DEMOCRACY continues with its framework of "gateways" to help readers conceptualize participation and civic engagement--even democracy itself--with reference to how individuals access the political system. This approach helps readers better see the relevance of government in their lives. GATEWAYS uniquely incorporates policy into a section at the end of each chapter, helping readers better understand the connection between public opinion, policy-making and how public policy applies to their lives. The second edition, complete with 2012 election updates, emphasizes critical thinking by clearly outlining learning outcomes and enhancing learning with self-assessment "Checkpoints" and a clear chapter study plan. Chapters in this ESSENTIALS version are condensed to accommodate a shorter format but preserve the integrity of the text's hallmarks.
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