The Challenge of Democracy (AP® Edition)

  • AUTHORS: Kenneth Janda; Jeffrey M. Berry; Jerry Goldman; Deborah Schildkraut
  • ISBN-13: 9781133960522 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 704 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 12th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2008
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

This edition of THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN GLOBAL POLITICS introduces new co-author Deborah Schildkraut to this stellar author team. This best-selling American government text is highly acclaimed for the non-ideological framework it uses to explore three themes: freedom, order, and equality as political values; the majoritarianism versus pluralism debate; and globalization's effect on American politics. Extensively updated, this edition includes new examples, figures, data, and current discussions. The authors include balanced coverage of Obama's historical presidency and coverage and analysis of the 2012 presidential primary campaign and election. Using a systematic, easy to follow approach, chapters and subheadings of the twelfth edition are numbered and organized by learning outcomes. Students can test their knowledge of learning outcomes using end of chapter "Assessing Your Understanding" questions, and then further reinforce learning with the critical-thinking questions with Aplia. Organized by chapter, Aplia provides students immediate, detailed explanations and helps them come to class better prepared for discussion with assignments that are automatically graded. NEW PREMIUM CONTENT IN MindTap FOR JANUARY 2014: DATA INFOGRAPHICS! Explore current American Government topics in a visually-stimulating way with these beautifully designed, up to date pdfs that simplify new analytical data such as the 2013 government shutdown and the ever-increasing powers of the American president. These NEW Data Infographics are automatically added to this book's MindTap learning path. - See more at:||813721180182624066365445535889932373&N=16&Ntk=APG%7C%7CP_EPI&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial#Overview


  • THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN GLOBAL POLITICS can be packaged with Aplia, which offers students automatically graded homework assignments. Organized by chapter, Aplia provides students immediate, detailed explanations and helps them come to class better prepared for discussion. For more on Aplia and other media available with this text, click on Supplements.
  • A balanced look at the Obama presidency.
  • "Politics of Global Change” feature includes updated information on the effect of globalization on American government by exploring how U.S. politics affect the world and vice versa, giving students an important international perspective for today’s increasingly interconnected world.
  • "Compared with What?” features use a comparative perspective to help students evaluate how our political system works by considering those of other countries. Topics include how the public in other countries regards the war in Iraq and an exploration of which democracies are the most pluralistic.

About the Contributor

  • Kenneth Janda

    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

    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

    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, which uses images, and audio to bring the Supreme Court alive, he has brought the U.S. Supreme Court closer to everyone.

  • Deborah Schildkraut

    Deborah J. Schildkraut is professor of political science at Tufts University. She is the author of Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration (2011), Press "One" for English: Language Policy, Public Opinion, and American Identity (2005), and several other research articles. Her research focuses on the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains. Professor Schildkraut has received awards from the American Political Science Association for the best book published in the field of political psychology (2012) and for the best paper presented in the field of elections, public opinion, and voting behavior (2009). She has served on the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation.

New to this Edition

  • Aplia problem sets are integrated into the text and assess learning outcomes.
  • Learning outcomes have been added to each chapter, correlated to each chapter subheading. Learning outcomes are listed at the beginning of each chapter and repeated at the relevant subheading in the body of the chapter.
  • Each chapter concludes with a self-quiz, "Assessing Your Understanding,” to allow students to test their knowledge and understanding of the chapter material. Questions are organized by section openers in the chapter.
  • Aplia icons appear in the marginal column of the chapter text, prompting students to visit Aplia to complete a problem set related to the corresponding chapter content.
  • The number of chapters has been reduced from 20 to 19 by combining the separate chapters on policymaking and domestic policy. The new Chapter 18, Policymaking and Domestic Policy, helps students readily see how the policymaking process applies to a variety of domestic policies.
  • Critical-thinking questions have been added to the boxed features "Politics of Global Change” and "Compared with What?” to allow students to assess their comprehension of the boxed material and see how it relates to the chapter subject matter.
  • Chapter summaries are provided in a bullet-point format and organized by chapter subheadings to facilitate student mastery of each chapter section.
  • New and updated material on current events such as the continuing economic crisis, the debate over healthcare reform, and the events of Arab spring, among others.
  • Coverage and analysis of the presidential campaign and election.
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