Truth and Power: An American Government Owner's Manual

Author(s): Gary Carrico

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2023

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  • Newly revised 2nd edition with 2022 election updates
  • New “Tipping Points” case studies relevant to each of the book’s sections
  • Excellent student feedback on readability and engagement
  • Easily adaptable to both full-semester and short courses
  • Works well as the main content resource for online courses

Specializing in Constitutional Law, American Political Institutions and the Politics of Intelligence, Professor Carrico has created and taught advanced and introductory Political Science courses at Auburn University, Francis Marion University, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, Mercer University and Kennesaw State University. Truth and Power mirrors the sequence, content and lectures presented to the literally thousands of students who have taken his American Government survey courses.

This very readable text is sequenced non-traditionally as an outside-in approach to government that engages students from the outset with the most immediately relevant topics before diving into the thicker theoretical and institutional areas --- something that has proven over the years to result in fewer first-week drops. The scope of the book is designed to be accessible to the “one-timers” who are merely filling core requirements, while still offering the substance of coverage befitting a course serving as an entry-point and universal prerequisite for Political Science majors.

The conversational (and somewhat irreverent) flow of Truth and Power reflects a presentation approach that has worked equally well in engagement for both traditional college students and adult learners, majors and non-majors, from community colleges to research universities. Moreover, the content divisions are designed to be adaptable to “short courses” or full-semester survey sections with time to cover policy, and as a brief test has the built-in ability to get out of an instructor’s way when desired. Also, created to be student-friendly, the author insisted on a price-point substantially below the typical college survey text.

Finally, the thematic approach contained in the title is presented up front and without apology. At a crucial time in the history of the republic, with existential threats to liberal democracy boiling over --- both abroad and at home --- the restoration of the sanctity of truth in political discourse is nothing less than urgent. Ideally, Truth and Power will indeed serve as an “American Government Owner’s Manual” for students even after the course is done.

Introduction: A Quick-Start Guide | Truth and Power

Part I: Linkage
Chapter 1: What we believe and why we believe it | Public Opinion
Chapter 2: What we see, hear, and read | The Media
Chapter 3: Translating beliefs into policy | Parties, Campaigns, and Elections

Part II: Foundations
Chapter 4: Lofty ideals | Democratic Theory
Chapter 5: Making the rulebook | Constitutionalism
Chapter 6: Into the briar patch | Federalism

Part III: Law American Sidebar: Marbury v. Madison
Chapter 7: Arbiters and interpreters | Courts and Constitutional Law
Chapter 8: “Freedoms of ... ” and “freedoms from ... ” | Civil Liberties
Chapter 9: Equality? | Civil Rights

Part IV: Institutions
Chapter 10: Sausage-makers and deal-breakers | Congress
Chapter 11: A dangerous experiment? | The Presidency
Chapter 12: Into the “political thicket” | Congress versus Presidents

Part V: Policy
Chapter 13: Customer service | Bureaucracy
Chapter 14: Consumer complaints | Interest Groups
Chapter 15: A political economy and affairs of a foreign nature | Public Policy

Epilogue: Whither Truth? | The Future of Democracy
Appendix A: Declaration of Independence
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States

Gary Carrico

Specializing in Constitutional Law, American Political Institutions and the Politics of Intelligence, Professor Carrico has created and taught advanced and introductory Political Science courses at Auburn University, Francis Marion University, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, Mercer University and Kennesaw State University. Truth and Power mirrors the sequence, content and lectures presented to the literally thousands of students who have taken his American Government survey courses.

  • Newly revised 2nd edition with 2022 election updates
  • New “Tipping Points” case studies relevant to each of the book’s sections
  • Excellent student feedback on readability and engagement
  • Easily adaptable to both full-semester and short courses
  • Works well as the main content resource for online courses

Specializing in Constitutional Law, American Political Institutions and the Politics of Intelligence, Professor Carrico has created and taught advanced and introductory Political Science courses at Auburn University, Francis Marion University, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, Mercer University and Kennesaw State University. Truth and Power mirrors the sequence, content and lectures presented to the literally thousands of students who have taken his American Government survey courses.

This very readable text is sequenced non-traditionally as an outside-in approach to government that engages students from the outset with the most immediately relevant topics before diving into the thicker theoretical and institutional areas --- something that has proven over the years to result in fewer first-week drops. The scope of the book is designed to be accessible to the “one-timers” who are merely filling core requirements, while still offering the substance of coverage befitting a course serving as an entry-point and universal prerequisite for Political Science majors.

The conversational (and somewhat irreverent) flow of Truth and Power reflects a presentation approach that has worked equally well in engagement for both traditional college students and adult learners, majors and non-majors, from community colleges to research universities. Moreover, the content divisions are designed to be adaptable to “short courses” or full-semester survey sections with time to cover policy, and as a brief test has the built-in ability to get out of an instructor’s way when desired. Also, created to be student-friendly, the author insisted on a price-point substantially below the typical college survey text.

Finally, the thematic approach contained in the title is presented up front and without apology. At a crucial time in the history of the republic, with existential threats to liberal democracy boiling over --- both abroad and at home --- the restoration of the sanctity of truth in political discourse is nothing less than urgent. Ideally, Truth and Power will indeed serve as an “American Government Owner’s Manual” for students even after the course is done.

Introduction: A Quick-Start Guide | Truth and Power

Part I: Linkage
Chapter 1: What we believe and why we believe it | Public Opinion
Chapter 2: What we see, hear, and read | The Media
Chapter 3: Translating beliefs into policy | Parties, Campaigns, and Elections

Part II: Foundations
Chapter 4: Lofty ideals | Democratic Theory
Chapter 5: Making the rulebook | Constitutionalism
Chapter 6: Into the briar patch | Federalism

Part III: Law American Sidebar: Marbury v. Madison
Chapter 7: Arbiters and interpreters | Courts and Constitutional Law
Chapter 8: “Freedoms of ... ” and “freedoms from ... ” | Civil Liberties
Chapter 9: Equality? | Civil Rights

Part IV: Institutions
Chapter 10: Sausage-makers and deal-breakers | Congress
Chapter 11: A dangerous experiment? | The Presidency
Chapter 12: Into the “political thicket” | Congress versus Presidents

Part V: Policy
Chapter 13: Customer service | Bureaucracy
Chapter 14: Consumer complaints | Interest Groups
Chapter 15: A political economy and affairs of a foreign nature | Public Policy

Epilogue: Whither Truth? | The Future of Democracy
Appendix A: Declaration of Independence
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States

Gary Carrico

Specializing in Constitutional Law, American Political Institutions and the Politics of Intelligence, Professor Carrico has created and taught advanced and introductory Political Science courses at Auburn University, Francis Marion University, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, Mercer University and Kennesaw State University. Truth and Power mirrors the sequence, content and lectures presented to the literally thousands of students who have taken his American Government survey courses.