Based on the best-selling, full-length text The Challenge of Democracy, Eighth Edition, this brief version maintains the same framework and motifs in a shorter format. The pedagogy is linked to two main themes: the conflicting values of freedom, order, and equality, and the majoritarianism versus pluralism debate. In addition, a focus on globalization and its implications helps students put American government in a broader context. An extensive supplementary program that includes a text-specific web site, study guide, Internet Exercises, the Crosstabs software and IDEAlog.
Kenneth Janda is the Payson S. Wild Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Janda has published extensively in comparative party politics, research methodology, and early use of computer technology in political science, for which he received awards from EDUCOM and support from Apple Computer. His APSA awards include the Samuel Eldersveld Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and the Frank J. Goodnow Award for distinguished service to the profession and the association (2009). Dr. Janda and fellow author Jerry Goldman shared APSA technology awards in 1992 for IDEAlog, the computer program, and in 2005 for IDEAlog, the website. Jeffrey M. Berry is the John Richard Skuse Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Berry is a recipient of the APSA's Samuel Eldersveld Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) and numerous best book awards -- from the APSA for The Rebirth of Urban Democracy (1994), from the Policy Studies Organization for The New Liberalism (1999), from the APSA for A Voice for Nonprofits (2004), and from the APSA for Lobbying and Political Change (2009). His most recent book is The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility (with Sarah Sobieraj). Jerry Goldman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Goldman is the 2010 recipient of the first APSA/CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation in Political Science. He has received many other awards, including the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel for increasing the public's understanding of the law, the EDUCOM Medal, and the Roman & Littlefield Prize for Teaching Innovation. In 2012, Dr. Goldman made the Fastcase 50, the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology. Through the Oyez Project at oyez.org, which uses images, and audio to bring the Supreme Court alive, he has brought the U.S. Supreme Court closer to everyone. Kevin W. Hula (Ph.D., Harvard 1994) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland, where he teaches the introductory American Government course, as well as courses in the presidency, intelligence organizations, and interest groups. His research is in interest groups and the executive branch. He is author of Lobbying Together: Interest Group Coalitions in Legislative Politics, for which he received the Emerging Scholar Award from the APSA's Political Organizations and Parties section.
Jeffrey M. Berry, Jerry Goldman, Kenneth Janda, Kevin W. Hula