The Promise and Performance of American Democracy, 7th Edition Book uri icon


  • Grounded in basic political science research, yet readily accessible to undergraduates, PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE uses the title's theme as an organizing framework for studying American Politics. The promise of democracy is analyzed using four core values: Popular Sovereignty, Political Freedom, Political Equality and Majority Rule/Minority Rights and is further explored in several new features including "Living the Promise" and "Promise and Policy" boxes. The performance part of the theme is then integrated with an assessment at the end of every chapter along with a concluding policy chapter. Solid scholarship and writing makes this an ideal text not just for reading and learning, but also as an example of how political science is researched and written by the practitioners in academia.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bond, J. R., Smith, K. B., & Watson, R. A

complete list of authors

  • Bond, JR||Smith, KB||Watson, RA

publication date

  • February 2005