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2nd Edition

American Government
Constitutional Democracy Under Pressure

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ISBN 9780367893484
December 15, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages - 88 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

American Government: Constitutional Democracy Under Pressure highlights the necessary tension between our constitutional principles and institutions and the populist heat that sometimes roils our national politics, especially at the current political moment. Our constitutional democracy has been under pressure for some time, but few would deny that fears for its fate have deepened in just the past few years. We assume that our political institutions will limit and contain contemporary populism, just as the Founders intended and as they have in the past, but will they? An increasingly polarized electorate, urging their representatives to fight and never to compromise, may be stressing Constitutional limits. This new edition offers to help American government teachers lead their students to a nuanced theoretical and practical understanding of what is happening in the politics of their Constitutional democracy today.

New to the Second Edition

  • Further develops and highlights the distinguishing theme of the book, "Constitutional Democracy Under Pressure," in light of Trump Administration events over the last two years.

  • Expands coverage of all media aspects including fake news, social media, responsible journalism, and related topics including foreign manipulation of the news.

  • Includes 2018 Midterm election results, looking ahead to 2020.

  • Addresses issues specific to the Trump Administration including unique coverage of the 25th Amendment, cabinet instability, election interferences, executive power and unitary action, and impact on the courts.

  • Updates in all tables, figures, suggested readings plus photo updates throughout.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Revolution and The Constitution

Chapter 2 Federalism and The American Constitutional Order

Chapter 3 Civil Liberties: Democracy and The Expansion of Liberty’s Realm 

Chapter 4 Civil Rights: Where Liberty and Equality Collide

Chapter 5 Shaping Americans: Political Socialization, Public Opinion, And the Media

Chapter 6 Factions Today: Interest Groups and Political Parties

Chapter 7 Democracy’s Moment: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections

Chapter 8 Congress: Partisanship, Polarization, and Gridlock

Chapter 9 The Executive Branch: The President, The Bureaucracy, and Executive Power

Chapter 10 The Federal Courts: Originalism Versus Living Constitutionalism

Appendix A The Declaration Of Independence

Appendix B Constitution of The United States

Appendix C Federalist Numbers 10, 51, and 78

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Cal Jillson earned a PhD from the University of Maryland and has taught at Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado, where he chaired the Department of Political Science from 1989 to 1993. He joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in 1995 as professor and chair of the Department of Political Science (1995–2001). He is a member of the American Political Science Association and several regional political science associations. Professor Jillson has written a number of books dealing with the origins of the American political culture and the health and performance of contemporary American politics and political institutions. His recent books were American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change, 10th ed., 2019; Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy, 3rd ed., 2018; Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State, 7th ed., 2019; and The American Dream in History, Politics, and Fiction, 2017.