This reader provides relevant, accessible selections with a contemporary focus. Students learn to read critically though a new five-step process that binds each article. Developed by the authors, this consistent critical-thinking strategy, referred to as CLUES, asks students to Consider the source; Lay out the argument; Uncover the evidence; Evaluate the conclusion; and Sort out the political implications.
Each of the 16 chapters contains three to five articles that correspond to standard topics covered in an introductory government course.One classic reading per chapter helps students understand and observe the changes or constants in key political arguments over time. Each chapter includes a personal account that shows the relevance of the political process to individual lives.