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Cover Image: Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, 6th Edition + Interactive eBook
  • Date: 01/15/2013
  • Format: Shrinkwrapped Pkg.
  • Price: $125.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4522-9117-8
  • Pages: 720
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Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, 6th Edition + Interactive eBook
Christine Barbour, Indiana University
Gerald C. Wright, Indiana University


The power of critical thinking and interactivity…

Artfully weaving in the analytic theme of “power” and the evaluative theme of “citizenship,” Barbour and Wright deftly draw students into thinking critically about how and why institutions and rules determine who wins and who loses in American politics. At the core of Keeping the Republic’s engaging discussion of "who gets what and how," is the objective of helping students become actively engaged, critical thinkers. Each section and every feature in the book has one goal in mind: to get students to think analytically and be skeptical of received wisdom. It doesn’t matter how students get their news and information—from a popular blog or a traditional media outlet—Barbour and Wright give students the tools they need to be thoughtful, savvy consumers of political information and data.

With the publication of the sixth edition, Keeping the Republic is now a full-fledged, integrated Media Edition. When students purchase a new print copy of the book they receive FREE access to an enhanced ebook. Through a series of icons, students link to multimedia assets—including audio, video, data, articles, reference, and CQ Researcher reports—right where it matters most: on the exact page where a topic is discussed. Students can immediately take a deeper dive and explore an important concept or idea while reading. Instructors will appreciate that assessment is built into the functionality of the ebook. Students take chapter quizzes and work through “CLUES to Critical Thinking” questions with all quiz results and answers feeding an instructor gradebook to efficiently track participation and comprehension. It’s an enhanced, enriching, and interactive learning experience.

By introducing students to the seminal work in the field, showing them how to employ the themes of power and citizenship, and taking full advantage of what multimedia can add to the learning experience, this proven text builds confidence in students who want to take an active part in their communities and government—to play their part in keeping the republic.

Key Features:

  • NEW! Accompanied by a FREE enhanced ebook (with purchase of a print copy) students link to multimedia in an immersive and interactive learning experience. 
    • Assessment funcationality is included with answers to quizzes and “CLUES to Critical Thinking” questions feeding a gradebook to track participation.
    • View a sample chapter of the Interactive eBook HERE!
  • Nine new What’s at Stake/Let’s Revisit: What’s at Stake… chapter-opening vignettes that ask students to think about what people are struggling to get from politics and cover issues like the Occupy Wall Street movement, same sex marriage, and immigration policies in Arizona;
  • Updated and new coverage of the:
    • 2012 primaries and analysis of the 2012 election results with special focus on the impact of changing demographics;
    • impact of the courts on immigration law, campaign finance, affirmative action laws, and on the free exercise clause;
    • rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the continued influence of the Tea Party;
    • increased ideological polarization  in Congress and legislative partisanship on the functions of representation and lawmaking, as well as the use of the filibuster by the minority party; and
    • states’ attempts to balance state budgets, redistricting fights after the 2010 Census, and the effect of direct democracy efforts including attempted recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker; and
    • shift in the War on Terror to stealth forms of warfare such as drone strikes and covert operations. 
  • Thoroughly updated tables, figures, maps, and charts, and over half the photos and political cartoons are new, featuring contextual captions that promote deeper thinking. 
  • Don’t Be Fooled By…  boxes help students become analytical and skeptical consumers of such political information as social media, polling, campaign advertising, and party platforms. 
  • NEW! CLUES to Critical Thinking boxes train students to actively read an array of brief readings, from primary sources to newspaper and magazine articles. Students are guided by a five-step CLUES method: Consider the source, Layout the argument, Uncover the evidence, Evaluate the conclusion, Sort out the significance.
  • Who are We? graphically displays a wealth of demographic data. Behind the Numbers critical thinking questions help students explore the effect diversity plays on our ideas of government.
  • Profiles in Citizenship features advice about the various ways students can enter public life and make a difference. Insight from figures such as Joe Biden, Sandra Day O’Connor, Nate Silver, David Frum, and Andrew Sullivan captivate students’ imagination.
  • Marginal glossary definitions allow students to easily reference and master key terms.
  • Thinking Outside the Box questions challenge students’ assumptions and provoke thoughtful responses and discussion.
  • To Sum Up sections at the end of chapters include a key terms list, summaries, and suggested print, video, and online resources that students might read, watch, or explore.

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New to this Edition

With nine new chapter-opening vignettes to show students what’s at stake, the sixth edition also includes new and updated coverage of:

  • The 2012 primaries and analysis of the 2012 election results;
  • The impact of the courts on immigration law, campaign finance, affirmative action laws, and on the free exercise clause;
  • The rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the continued influence of the Tea Party;
  • The increased ideological polarization and hyperpartisanship, as well as the use of the filibuster by the minority party; and
  • The states’ attempts to balance state budgets, redistricting fights after the 2010 Census, and the effect of direct democracy efforts including attempted recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Further, the authors have thoroughly updated all of the book’s tables, figures, maps, and charts, and over half the photos and political cartoons are new, featuring contextual captions that promote deeper thinking.

Previous Editions
5th Edition ©2011
4th Edition ©2008
3rd Edition ©2005

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Table of Contents
  1. Who Gets What, and How?
  2. American Citizens and Political Culture
  3. Politics of the American Founding
  4. Federalism and the Constitution
  5. Fundamental American Liberties
  6. The Struggle for Equal Rights
  7. Congress
  8. The Presidency
  9. The Bureaucracy
  10. The American Legal System and the Courts
  11. Public Opinion
  12. Political Parties
  13. Interest Groups
  14. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
  15. The Media
  16. State and Local Politics in a Federal System
  17. Social and Environmental Policy
  18. Economic Policy
  19. Foreign Policy
Bio(s)
Christine Barbour, Indiana University
Christine Barbour teaches in the political science department and the Honors College at Indiana University, where she has become increasingly interested in how teachers of large classes can maximize what their students learn. At Indiana, Professor Barbour has been a Lilly Fellow, working on a project to increase student retention in large introductory courses, and a member of the Freshmen Learning Project, a university-wide effort to improve the first year undergraduate experience. She has served on the New York Times College Advisory Board, working with other educators on developing ways to integrate newspaper reading into the undergraduate curriculum. She has won several teaching awards at Indiana, but the two that mean the most to her were awarded by her students: the Indiana University Student Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty (1995-6) and the Indiana University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Brown Derby Award (1997). She is currently working on a book about local politics, development and the fishing industry in Apalachicola, Florida.

Gerald C. Wright, Indiana University
Gerald C. Wright has taught political science at Indiana University since 1981. He is an accomplished scholar of American politics—his books include Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion, and Policy in the American States with co-authors Robert S. Erikson and John P. McIver, and he has published over 40 articles on elections, public opinion, and state politics. He has long studied the relationship between citizens, their preferences and public policy. He is currently conducting research with a grant from the National Science Foundation on what influences the character of policy representation in the states and the U.S. Congress, and he is writing a book about representation in the American legislatures. He has been a consultant for Project Vote Smart in the last several elections. Professor Wright is a member of the Freshmen Learning Project at Indiana University, a university-wide effort to improve the first year undergraduate experience by focusing on how today’s college students learn and how teachers can adapt their pedagogical methods to best teach them.
Ancillaries

Critical thinking doesn't stop with the book...

A FREE enhanced ebook (with purchase of a print copy), with links to multimedia in the pages of the book, offers an immersive and interactive learning experience. Multimedia content include:

  • Web links to articles and background pieces pulled from national publications to local outlets that offer in-depth context and detail;
  • Audio clips featuring interviews and first-person stories;
  • Video clips featuring news stories, commentary, and additional examples; 
  • Reference material from CQ Press’s award-winning library products featuring historical background and primary source documents;
  • Data on such topics as public opinion polling, presidential approval ratings, and decision-making by Supreme Court justices; 
  • Biography profiles on important figures in American politics;
  • CQ Researcher policy reports offer nonpartisan background and context on such important issues as illegal immigration and voter rights.

View a Sample Chapter of the Interactive eBook HERE!

Assessment functionality allows instructors to track participation and comprehension. All results for chapter quizzes and all answers to “CLUES to Critical Thinking” questions feed an instructor grade book.

A full suite of online ancillaries give students the tools they need to succeed.

Student Study Site

A robust companion website features an impressive array of tools for review, study, and further exploration: 

  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives;
  • Key-term flashcards;
  • Self-graded practice quizzes
  • Interactive exercises wherein students mine web resources and answer critical thinking questions;
  • “Take a Position” exercises pose debate scenarios and offer guidance for how best to develop an argument in favor of or in opposition to a stated position;
  • Annotated web links to further explore and facilitate research; and
  • Author Christine Barbour's regularly updated KTRBlog ties news events to the themes and chapters of the text.

Instructor Teaching Site 

Instructor’s Resources provide the tools you need, too.

A full suite of instructor’s resources include:

  • test bank with more than 1,400 multiple-choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions with Respondus test generation capabilities; 
  • A full set of PowerPoint lecture slides
  • Downloadable tables, figures, and maps from the text; 
  • An instructor's manual with lecture starters, discussion questions, and ideas for activities to run in the classroom.
Sample Pages

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Keeping the Republic, 6e + Interactive eBook + Lone Star Politics, 3e
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Keeping the Republic, 6e + Debating Reform, 2e
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