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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $114.00
  • December 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93703-9
  • 912 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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    We the People

    Full Tenth Edition


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


    Politics is relevant and participation matters.

    We the People is ideal for showing students that politics is relevant to their lives and that their participation in politics matters. The book engages students with contemporary topics, including polarization in government and digital politics, and presents information on these topics both in the text and in new figures designed to resemble those that students see in online media. New features and resources also teach students to be more savvy consumers of real-world political information. Both the book and free Coursepack are organized around specific chapter learning goals to ensure that students learn the nuts and bolts of American government and to help instructors assess student learning of key concepts.


    The best text for encouraging students to critically examine how politics impacts their lives and why their participation is meaningful

    “What Government Does and Why It Matters” chapter introductions give students direct, personal reasons to care about politics, while “Politics and Your Future” chapter conclusions focus on the political opportunities and challenges that students will face in their lives. The text pushes students to consider how digital media have changed—or not changed—the way Americans experience politics, from campaigns to elections to communicating with representatives. Also, with new “Plug In” boxes, students are encouraged to take what they’ve learned and Inform themselves, Express themselves, Connect with others, and Act in politically meaningful ways. 

    New figures and graphs prepare students to be savvy and critical consumers of political news and information

    Designed to resemble those found in popular media sources, these new figures, including one on “Gun Laws and Gun Trafficking,” ask students to think critically about political data and to engage in evidence-based reasoning about what the data mean. The visually engaging “Who Are Americans?” feature found in each chapter presents the “statistical snapshot” of the nation related to the chapter’s topic and offers insight on how different political issues look to Americans from other backgrounds. Students also get to compare institutions and behaviors across countries in the new “America Side by Side” feature, which shows students what is distinctive (and what is shared) about the American political system. 

    Up-to-date coverage instructors trust

    We the People, Tenth Edition, has been revised to include current coverage of the 2014 elections; expanded discussions of the causes and consequences of increasing polarization of political parties and in Congress; an investigation into economic diversity and the policies that impact economic conditions in the country; and updated coverage of the role of privacy in America’s past and present. Examples from recent political events relate key concepts to students’ own experiences of politics, while updated figures and graphs illustrate current trends. 

    Chapter goals, learning objectives, and assessments guarantee a consistent learning path

    As a roadmap for student learning, Chapter Goals emphasize key concepts that students must focus on in each chapter. Organized around these Chapter Goals are extensive end-of-chapter review sections, including section outlines, practice quiz questions, key terms, recommendations for further reading, and a guide to related online resources, all of which ensure that students master the material. 

      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

      Part IV: Policy
      16. Government and the Economy
      17. Social Policy
      18. Foreign Policy and Democracy