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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $85.00
  • December 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93524-0
  • 601 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

We the People

An Introduction to American Politics

Shorter Eighth Edition (without policy chapters)


Benjamin Ginsberg (Author, The Johns Hopkins University), Theodore J. Lowi (Author, Cornell University), Margaret Weir (Author, University of California, Berkeley)


Politics is relevant.

The best book for engaging students in American politics is also the most effective for helping students study and learn. We the People emphasizes the ways that government and politics matter and the ways that people can get involved in politics and influence government. In the Eighth Edition, We the People offers a more contemporary approach to engage students in American politics with new features based on how today’s students study and learn. New pedagogical features, such as highly visual “Who Are Americans?” units and Focus Questions that recur throughout the chapter, help students engage with the material and succeed in the course.


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    Part I. Foundations

    • 1. American Political Culture
    • 2. The Founding and the Constitution
    • 3. Federalism
    • 4. Civil Liberties
    • 5. Civil Rights

    Part II. Politics

    • 6. Public Opinion
    • 7. The Media
    • 8. Political Participation and Voting
    • 9. Political Parties
    • 10. Campaigns and Elections
    • 11. Groups and Interests

    Part III. Institutions

    • 12. Congress
    • 13. The Presidency
    • 14. Bureaucracy in a Democracy
    • 15. The Federal Courts