"Approaching Democracy" addresses the evolving nature of the American experiment in democratic government. It teaches students the theory and the basics of American political science, the political history of this nation, and provides the critical thinking skills needed to analyze these evolving relationships. This new Teaching and Learning Classroom (TLC) California edition introduces features that incorporates more " student empowerment" tools to reinforce how American Government is relevant to students' lives today. Larry Berman and Bruce Allen Murphy, long-time teachers of the introductory American Political science course in both large and small public and private universities, set out to write a book that offers a clear theme - one that is even more relevant now than it was when it was first presented - in a highly readable, easy-to-understand format. Both authors enjoy teaching and are actively engaged in new methods of engaging students and empowering them to participate in political discourseMilton Clarke is the author of 'Approaching Democracy, California Edition (5th Edition)', published 2006 under ISBN 9780132282697 and ISBN 0132282690.