Analyzing American Democracy: Politics and Political Science 3e is an introductory American politics textbook encompassing the constitutional framework of the American government, the formal institutions of American government, political behavior and informal institutions, and a concluding chapter on public policy. Each chapter highlights the most current thinking in political science research and debates related to public policy.
Analyzing American Democracy: Politics and Political Science, 3rd Edition, (PDF) teaches students to think logically by presenting current political science theories and research in answering the appealing, big questions facing American politics today. It helps as an introduction to the discipline by considering the theoretical developments and types of an empirical inquiry conducted by researchers.
New to the Third Edition:
- New trends in public opinion
- Campaign finance upheaval
- The changing congressional landscape
- The weakening of the Voting Rights Act
- Social media’s growing influence on politics
- Landmark court cases, now highlighted and connected to key concepts
- The influence of the alt-right and rising populism on elections and policy
- 2016 and 2018 election updates and study of their political and policy impact
- Updated figures, tables, and photos present the empirical details of American politics, helping students gain quantitative literacy
Refreshed feature boxes strengthen the ebook’s dedication to helping students understand the scientific approach to politics, combining intriguing new topics including the biology of political participation, genetics and public opinion, and evolution and the bureaucracy.
From its emphasis on the principles of democracy to the actual practice of democracy in the United States, Bond and Smith’s introductory text offers university students with the essential tools to critically analyze American politics. The authors efficiently apply political science research in a way that is new and accessible to students and do so in a way that will encourage students to think well beyond their presumptions about politics. The chapter on elections is the most comprehensive and engaging treatment of presidential elections you will find in an introductory American politics textbook. — Jeffrey S. Peake, Clemson University
Analyzing American Democracy is one of the best American Government ebooks on the market. Not only is it detailed in covering material across the vast spectrum of American politics, but it also has a stimulating point of view: the idea that our expectations of government and its performance may not be entirely realistic. Smith and Bond have written an ebook that is accessible to undergraduate students, yet delivers sufficient detail for professors to scrutinize the nuances of American politics today. — Richard W. Waterman, University of Kentucky
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