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Handbook to American Democracy, 4-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Lori Cox Han and Tomislav Han
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816078548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7854-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $220.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2012
  • Dewey Number: 320
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 854


From the roots of our political system in ancient Greece, to the writings of Enlightenment thinkers, to the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence, America's representative democracy has emerged as a distinct and much debated form of government. In order to best understand this system, it is necessary to comprehend its philosophical roots, historical evolution, and present structure and behavior.

Designed to meet the needs of high school and college students as well as anyone seeking clear explanations of the characteristics and functions of the U.S. government, the new four-volume Handbook to American Democracy provides readers with everything they need to know about the structure and function of American government. Each volume in this comprehensive set is devoted to a major branch of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—and the fourth volume focuses on the ideas and concepts that form the foundations of American democracy. Black-and-white photographs, an index, bibliography, glossary, and box features round out this invaluable set.

Volumes include:

  • Foundations of American Democracy
  • The Legislative Branch
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Judicial Branch.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Box features. In four volumes.

About the Author(s)

Lori Cox Han received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California and currently teaches at Chapman University. She is the author of several publications, including Women and American Politics: The Challenges of Political Leadership and Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics.

Tomislav Han received a Ph.D. in constitutional and intellectual history from the University of Southern California. A former business executive, he has taught history and political science at Chapman University. 

Reviews and Awards

"...valuable to audiences from advanced middle school students to beginning graduate researchers."

Library Journal

"...a useful asset for undergraduates and others with an interest in American government, history, political, science, public administration, or sociology. Recommended."


"This well-designed reference tool skillfully canvasses a gargantuan topic with critical analysis, economic depth, and a lucid scholarship. It will engage even the most reluctant of researchers."

School Library Journal

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