This brief edition retains the popular themes of the best-selling full-length text, "The Challenge of Democracy 8/e". It explores two themes: the conflicting values of freedom, order and equality and the majoritarianism vs. pluralism debate. This 4-colour text also includes a focus on globalisation and its implications. The brief text benefits from the same strong pedagogy in the complete text that is linked to those themes. New to this edition will include coverage of the latest developments in American Government, including the results of the key races in the 2005 election.