Gateways to Democracy An Introduction to American Government, the Essentials

ISBN-10: 1133607802
ISBN-13: 9781133607809
Edition: 2nd 2014
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $125.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.552
Language: English

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.

John G. Geer (Ph.D., Princeton University) is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Geer is the former editor of The Journal of Politics. He has published numerous articles and several books, including IN DEFENSE OF NEGATIVITY, which won the Goldsmith Book prize from Harvard University in 2008. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for Politico, The Washington Post, the LA Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. He teaches a range of undergraduate classes, including Introduction to American Government. In 2005, he won The College of Arts and Sciences' Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2009, he won Vanderbilt University's Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. In 2014, he won the Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award.

Wendy Schiller (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University (Twitter acct @profwschiller). She did her undergraduate work in political science at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and completed Fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University. At Brown, she teaches popular courses titled The American Presidency, Introduction to the American Political Process, and Congress and Public Policy. Among books she has authored or co-authored are THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS (Thomson-Wadsworth) and PARTNERS AND RIVALS: REPRESENTATION IN U.S. SENATE DELEGATIONS (Princeton University Press). She has also published in academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Politics. Her most recent book is ELECTING THE SENATE: INDIRECT DEMOCRACY BEFORE THE 17TH AMENDMENT. She is a frequent contributor to major national news outlets and is the political analyst for WJAR10, the local NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dana K. Glencross (M.A., Oklahoma State University) is Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC). Prior to her position at OCCC, she taught at Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK. At OCCC, she served as Department Chair for History, Political Science, Geography, and Medical Terminology. She was a governor's appointee to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and currently serves on the Faculty Advisory Council to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. She also served as national chairwoman of the Association of Chapter Advisors to Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honorary society. She co-authored a chapter on "Public Policy in Oklahoma" in OKLAHOMA GOVERNMENT & POLITICS: AN INTRODUCTION, 4th ed. (2007). Her awards include the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993) and the Oklahoma Political Science Association's Two-Year College Teacher of the Year Award (1998). She teaches courses in American government, state and local government, comparative politics, an introductory law course, and English composition.

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