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"There are a lot of bad republicans; there are no good democrats."Ann Coulter In today's climate of hyper-partisanship, blurred lines between political news, analysis, and entertainment, and outrageous comments from the chattering classes, who better than Tom Patterson to provide students with the tools and context to make informed judgments and become skilled political thinkers? Patterson'sWe the Peoplehas long been a best seller for American government courses due to its insightful, readable, and balanced portrayal of the American political system. The 9th edition continues this tradition of excellence while also introducing a new emphasis on political thinking at a time when the partisan divide seemingly could not be wider and unbiased political information is often drowned out by other sources. With expertise in the areas of public opinion, the media, and elections among other areas, Tom Patterson is a voice you can trust to help develop your students critical thinking skills when it comes to politics and political science. As Patterson notes, "Political thinking takes place within the context of a person's political interests and values, which can lead equally thoughtful individuals to reach opposing opinions on the same issue." If you are looking for learning materials to help ensure your students leave your course among those "thoughtful individuals" that will carry the debate forward in measured and informed ways,We the Peopleis the right choice for you.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Political Thinking: Becoming A Responsible Citizen
Chapter 2: Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government
Chapter 3: Federalism: Forging a Nation
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights
Chapter 5: Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness The Struggle for Equality
Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping The People's Voice
Chapter 7: Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will
Chapter 8: Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter’s Choice
Chapter 9: Interest Groups: Organizing For Influence
Chapter 10: The News Media: Communicating Political Images
Chapter 11: Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests
Chapter 12: The Presidency: Leading the Nation Foundations of the Modern Presidency
Chapter 13: The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government
Chapter 14: The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law
Chapter 15: Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity
Chapter 16: Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need
Chapter 17: Foreign Policy: Protecting the American Way