By the People: Debating American Government (Brief Edition)

James Morone; Rogan Kersh

The past two years have been anything but "politics as usual" in the United States. By The People, Brief Third Edition, reflects the dynamism of American government and politics with new teaching and learning tools that prepare students to ENGAGE, THINK, and DEBATE now more than ever before. In a storytelling approach that weaves contemporary examples together with historical context, By the People: Debating American Government, Brief Third Edition, explores the themes and ideas that drive the great debates in American government and politics. It introduces students to big questions like Who governs? How does our system of government work? What does government do? and Who are we? By challenging students with these questions, the text gets them to think about, engage with, and debate the merits of U.S. government and politics.


About the Authors



Part I: Ideas and Rights
Chapter 1: Ideas that Shape American Politics
Chapter 2: The Constitution
Chapter 3: Federalism and Nationalism
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties
Chapter 5: The Struggle for Civil Rights

Part II: Political Behavior
Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Participation
Chapter 7: Media, Technology, and Government
Chapter 8: Campaigns and Elections
Chapter 9: Interest Groups and Political Parties

Part III: Political Institutions
Chapter 10: Congress
Chapter 11: The Presidency
Chapter 12: Bureaucracy
Chapter 13: The Judicial Branch

Part IV: Policymaking
Chapter 14: Domestic and Foreign Policy

Appendix I
The Declaration of Independence A-1
Appendix II
The Constitution the United States of America A-4
Appendix III
The Federalist Papers nos. 1, 10, and 51 A-25
Appendix IV
Presidential Elections, Congressional Control, 1789-2016 A-35

Glossary G-1
Notes N-1
Credits C-1
Index I-1


Dr. James Morone is the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the Brown's public policy program.; Dr. Rogan Kersh serves as Provost and Professor of political science at Wake Forest University.