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The New American Democracy (7th Edition) Paperback – December 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205780167 ISBN-10: 0205780164 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (December 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205780164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205780167
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Features:

  • Famous, highly-respected author, Morris Fiorina, continues to helm this book.  His acclaim, exposure, and influence – bolstered by the success of his other Longman text, Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America – help to make this book one of the most prestigious American government books available.
  • Elegant, two-color design underscores the prestige of the title, avoids clutter or “pandering” to students, and offers a look and feel that is appealing to faculty who know and admire Fiorina and Peterson’s work.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes introduce the subject matter with high-interest issues such as Hurricane Katrina (Chapter 3) and the role of race and gender in the 2008 campaign.
  • “Making the Connection” features follow each vignette, relating its themes to the chapter content and preparing students for the material to follow.“Election Voices.”  Fifteen essays presenting opposing viewpoints on controversial political topics – supplemented with critical thinking questions to encourage students to formulate their own opinions – constitute a “debate style reader built into the text for free.
  • “International Comparison.” These boxes compare elements of American Government with similar elements in other countries, putting the U.S. system in global context and giving students a better understanding of its strengths and limitations.
  • “Election Connection.” Illustrating the book’s focus on electoral forces, these features describe the relationship between elections and institutions or policies using real-life examples such as  the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court.
  • Marginal definitions are provided for key terms that are boldfaced in the text and included in the end-of-book Glossary. 
  • On the Web sections at the end of each chapter direct readers to Web sites where they can find more information on the topics discussed.
  • Chapter Summary, Key Terms, and annotated Suggested Readings are also found at the end of each chapter.
  • MyPoliSciLab access comes at no additional charge when an access card is packaged with the book.


 

New to this Edition:

  • More theory and foundations in Chapter 1. Chapter 1 now includes more foundational coverage of the basic functions of government, as well as expanded coverage of the classic types of government and modern types of democracy.
  • Expanded, in-depth international coverage, including many more “International Comparison” boxes, enhances this book’s strong comparative aspect, helps students develop a more global perspective on government and politics.  Several International Comparison boxes have been expanded, and many are now accompanied by maps to build students’ geographical skills.
  • Enhanced, interactive graphs and charts! The book’s already superior figures have also been redesigned with a bolder, more modern look, captions that highlight the key ideas of the graphic, and questions that call for analysis of the data.
  • Five new “Election Voices” essays explore the election and its impact on controversial issues like the drinking age, lobbying restrictions, direct democracy, affirmative action and the question of whether judges should be elected.  An expanded “Election Connection” box discusses Federalism and The Homeland Security Grant Program. 
  • Updated and expanded material throughout further bolsters the elections theme and provides the latest coverage on such topics as immigration, public opinion on the Iraq war, blogosphere and podcasts in politics, recent Supreme Court decisions, the end of the George W. Bush administration, and the 2008 Presidential Election results.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Morris P. Fiorina is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  He has published numerous books, including Representatives, Rolls, and Constituencies; Congress — Keystone of the Washington Establishment; and most recently Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America.  Fiorina has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals in the field of political science, economics, law, and public policy, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 

 

Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.  He received the Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association for his book City Limits, and the Aaron Wildavsky Award for the best book on public policy for his The Price of Federalism.  Peterson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

Bert Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College.  He received his B.A. from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Johnson has written on federalism, intergovernmental relations, and campaign finance.

 

William G. Mayer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University.  He has authored numerous publications, including In Pursuit of the White House 2000: How We Choose Our Presidential Nominees, "Mass Partisanship, 1946-1996," and Divided Democrats: Ideological Unity, Party Reform, and Presidential Elections.  Mayer’s areas of study include American politics, public opinion, and the media.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Paul Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Editor-In-Chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research.

Peterson is a former director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and of the Governmental Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the German Marshall Foundation, and the Center for Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

He is the author of the book, Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010). For more information see savingschools.net.

He is also the author or editor of numerous other publications including the following:

* School Choice International: Exploring public private partnerships (co-editor with Rajashri Chakrabarti)
* School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational Adequacy (co-editor with Martin R. West)
* Reforming Education in Florida: A Study Prepared by the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education (editor)
* The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (with William G. Howell)
* Generational Change: Closing the Test Score Gap (editor)
* No Child Left Behind? The Politics and Practice of School Accountability (co-editor with Martin R. West)
* The Future of School Choice (editor)
* Our Schools and our Future (editor)
* City Limits
* The Urban Underclass (co-edited with Christopher Jencks)
* Price of Federalism
* Welfare Magnets (with Mark C. Rom)
* The New American Democracy (with Morris P. Fiorina, Bertram Johnson, and William G. Mayer)

Four of his books have received major awards from the American Political Science Association. Most recently, he was awarded the Martha Derthick Best Book Award for The Price of Federalism. The award is presented to the author of a book published at least ten years ago that has made a lasting contribution to the study of federalism and intergovernmental relations.

Peterson is a member of the independent review panel advising the Department of Education's evaluation of the No Child Left Behind law and a member of the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force of K-12 Education at Stanford University. The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center reported that Peterson's studies on school choice and vouchers were among the country's most influential studies of education policy.

Contact:
79 JFK Street
Taubman 306
Cambridge, MA 02138

617-495-8312/7976
ppeterso@gov.harvard.edu
savingschools.net

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dianne p. on August 26, 2008
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If you need access to MyPoliSci Lab online for your class, don't buy your book through Amazon. You'll have to buy the access code separately from the publisher for another $50+. Just get the book from your bookstore, or somewhere that includes an access code.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tvrk4 on January 27, 2011
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As other reviewers have said, this book doesn't include an access code to the MyLabs website. However, I got such a good deal on the book and it came in such good condition that I was better off purchasing the book and web access separately.

As far as the book content and format... While I was surprised at how up-to-date it is, the editing is so disorganized and terrible that the text is almost useless. If your course instructor doesn't give you an outline or lecture that makes coherent, orderly sense of the information in the book, you'll be better off with Wikipedia. If that's not an option and you're required to read this book, start at the end of each chapter and go backwards, reading each section topic until you reach the beginning of the chapter. No kidding. Much of the information also unnecessarily references chapters to come, and bases explanations on terms and material you haven't even read yet - this doesn't help much, unless you can read the entire book before each test day. Hopefully the authors/editors will improve this in newer editions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2009
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It's a great book if you want to understand the lasest development in american democracy. Gives detailed explanations and coverers all the important components of our government.

Although it is a great book, be careful you actually want the alternate edition. I bought this book thinking it was the original with all the chapters. It is not the full edition! Everything is identical except this edition leaves out the last three chapters on policy.

Pro's
--Cheaper than the full edition by about $15-20
--Completely identical information and layout as the original (except the last three chapters#

Con
-- doesn't have the chapters on the country's foreign and defense policies. #well it's not really a con because I was the one that didn't pay attention when I bought it)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jillian on March 12, 2013
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I like the product and I am happy with it.The book is used so everything is okay and as expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian on November 29, 2012
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The pages are well taken care. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on January 9, 2012
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I ordered a book and received an alternate edition to the regular book, which was missing a few chapters. I contacted the seller and informed them of the mistake and they gave me a full refund. I have never had such great service before. I truly appreciate the seller not only providing a refund but also letting me keep the book. I would recommend using this seller if he has what you are looking for and I myself will also be using him again.
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