This is an introductory American politics text covering the constitutional framework of American government, political behavior and informal institutions, the formal institutions of American government, and a concluding chapter on public policy. Every chapter highlights the most current thinking in political science research and discusses related public policy.
This text teaches students to think analytically by presenting current political science theories and research in answering the engaging, big questions facing American politics today. It serves as an introduction to the discipline by reflecting the theoretical developments and types of empirical inquiry conducted by researchers.
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Praise for Analyzing American Democracy:
The new edition of Bond and Smith’s revered text threads the needle by adding several exciting touches—most notably, the thoroughly updated content and thematically integrated boxes—without sacrificing the features that so many devoted instructors have long loved—most notably, the unapologetically scientific approach and the vivid, deeply engaging writing style.
John Hibbing, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
From its focus on the principles of democracy to the actual practice of democracy in the United States, Bond and Smith’s introductory text provides university students with the necessary tools to critically analyze American politics. The authors effectively apply political science research in a way that is fresh and accessible to students and do so in a way that will make students think well beyond their preconceptions about politics. The chapter on elections is the most thorough and engaging treatment of presidential elections you will find in an introductory American politics textbook.
Jeffrey S. Peake, Clemson University
Jon Bond and Kevin Smith’s Analyzing American Democracy provides the most comprehensive and nuanced treatment of American political institutions and behavior to date. By drawing upon the most recent political science literature, the text encourages students to see American politics through a theoretical lens, and promotes a more generalized understanding of political concepts that transcend time and space. With stimulating real-world examples of the trade-offs, paradoxes, and competing ethical perspectives that are negotiated in a modern representative democracy, students become conversant and critically-engaged in the challenges confronting the country, and thus, become better citizens.
Sarah A. Fulton, Texas A&M University
Analyzing American Democracy is one of the best American Government books on the market. Not only is it comprehensive in covering material across the vast spectrum of American politics, but it also has an interesting point of view: the idea that our expectations of government and its performance may not be entirely realistic. Bond and Smith have written a book that is accessible to undergraduate students, yet provides sufficient detail for professors to examine the nuances of American politics today.
Richard W. Waterman, University of Kentucky
Nobody does a better job than Bond and Smith of integrating modern political science with a thoroughly up-to-date introduction to American government. Most of my students have already been exposed to an AP-style high school American government survey, and a text that is clearly more science than civics is exactly what they need at the college level. On top of that the writing has the wit, snap, and drive that keeps students reading and thinking in spite of themselves.
John R. Alford, Rice University
Teaching a broad survey course that covers the breadth of American politics can be a daunting task for both instructors and students. Bond and Smith have organized what could be an overwhelming amount of information into a logical structure coupled with a straightforward, journalistic writing style that incorporates cutting-edge political science research with key political concepts. The result is a textbook that is truly an introduction to political science, not just civics or popular politics.
Amanda Friesen, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
1. The Basics of Democracy
PART I: THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK
2. The American Constitution
4. Civil Liberties
5. Civil Rights
PART II: CONNECTING CITIZENS TO GOVERNMENT
6. Interest Groups
7. Political Parties
8. The Mass Media and Politics
9. Public Opinion and Political Socialization
11. Political Participation and Voting Behavior
PART III: OFFICIAL DECISION MAKING
13. The Presidency
14. The Bureaucracy
15. The Federal Judiciary
PART IV: CONCLUSION
16. Core Democratic Principles and Public Policy
Appendix A. Declaration of Independence
Appendix B. The Articles of Confederation
Appendix C. The Constitution of the United States
Appendix D. Federalist Papers Number 10
Federalist Papers Number 51
Appendix E. Partisan Control of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme