The Logic of American Politics (Logic of American Politics 7th Revised edition)

The Logic of American Politics (Logic of American Politics 7th Revised edition)

By: Lynn Vavreck (author), Thaddeus Benjamin Kousser (author), Samuel H. Kernell (author), Gary C. Jacobson (author)Paperback

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Consistently praised for its engaging narrative, Logic hooks students with great storytelling while arming them with a "toolkit" of institutional design concepts-command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation. Students are exposed to real political science in the introductory course and learn to recognize a rationale for how the American political system was designed and why it works the way it does. More than 100 tables, figures, and maps offer visual context to an array of political data and analysis, while over 200 carefully chosen photographs enhance the book's examples and insights. Bolded key terms, a glossary, annotated reading lists, review questions, and a companion website help students read, think, and study.

About Author

Samuel Kernell is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1977. Previously, he taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota. Kernell's research interests focus on the presidency and American political history. His previous books include Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership, 3rd edition; an edited collection of essays, James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government; and, with Gary C. Jacobson, The Logic of American Politics, 7th edition, and Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Kernell's most recent book, Party Ballots, Reform and the Transformation of American Politics, (2015, with Erik Engstrom), won the APSA's David Greenstone Award for the best book in politics and history. Gary C. Jacobson is distinguished professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1979. He previously taught at Trinity College, the University of California at Riverside, Yale University, and Stanford University. Jacobson specializes in the study of U.S. elections, parties, interest groups, and Congress. He is the author of Money in Congressional Elections: The Politics of Congressional Elections, Eighth Edition, The Electoral Origins of Dividend Government: Competition in the U.S. House Elections, 1946 - 1988, and A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American People, Second Edition, and is coauthor with Samuel Kernell of Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, Second Edition. Jacobson is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Thad Kousser is professor of political science and department chair at the University of California, San Diego. He has served as a legislative aide in the California, New Mexico, and U.S. senates. He is the author of Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism, coauthor of The Power of American Governors and The Logic of American Politics, and coeditor of The New Political Geography of California. Kousser has been awarded the UCSD Academic Senate's Distinguished Teaching Award, has served as coeditor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and serves as coeditor for state and local politics of Legislative Studies Quarterly. Lynn Vavreck is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she has taught since 2001. She previously taught at Dartmouth College and held a research position at Princeton University. Before returning to the academy, Vavreck worked in the White House and on presidential campaigns. Her research focuses mainly on the effects of campaign messaging and specifically on the impact of political advertising. She is the author of The Message Matters: The Economy and Presidential Campaigns and co-author of Campaign Reform: Insights and Evidence and The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election. Her political commentary can be read in The New York Times and on broadcast outlets like MSNBC, CNN, and NPR. She serves on advisory boards for the American National Election Study and the British Election Study and has twice consulted for venture-funded start-ups interested in improving the measurement of advertising and public attitudes through innovations in technology.


Chapter 1: The Logic of American Politics The Importance of Institutional Design Constitutions and Governments Collective Action Problems The Costs of Collective Action Designing Institutions for Collective Action: The Framers' Tool Kit Representative Government The Work of Government Nota Bene Part I: The Nationalization of Politics Chapter 2: The Constitution The Road to Independence America's First Constitution: The Articles of Confederation Drafting a New Constitution Logic of Politics: Checks and Balances in the Constitution Strategy and Choice: Logrolling a Constitution The Fight for Ratification The Theory Underlying the Constitution The Constitution: Born of Sweet Reason or Politics? Chapter 3: Federalism American-Style Federalism Federalism and the Constitution The Paths to Nationalization Modern Federalism Evolving Federalism: A Byproduct of National Policy Chapter 4: Civil Rights What Are Civil Rights? The Civil Rights of African Americans The Politics of Black Civil Rights The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement Challenging Tyranny Chapter 5: Civil Liberties Nationalization of Civil Liberties Writing Rights and Liberties into the Constitution Freedom of Speech Freedom of the Press Freedom of Religion Gun Rights Criminal Rights Privacy Assessing Civil Liberties as Public Policy Part II. The Institutions of Government Chapter 6: Congress Congress in the Constitution Strategy and Choice: The Republican Gerrymander in 2012 Congress and Electoral Politics Who Serves in Congress? The Basic Problems of Legislative Organization Organizing Congress Making Laws Evaluating Congress Chapter 7: The Presidency The Historical Presidency The Modern Presidency Presidents as Strategic Actors Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy The Development of the Federal Bureaucracy An Expanding Government Bureaucracy in Action Who Controls the Bureaucracy? Bureaucratic Reform: A Hardy Perennial Chapter 9: The Federal Judiciary Setting the Stage for Judicial Review Three Eras of the Court's Judicial Review The Structure of the Federal Judiciary Judicial Decision Making The Supreme Court's Place in the Separation of Powers Who Guards the Guardians? Part III. The Public's Influence on National Policy Chapter 10: Public Opinion What Is Public Opinion? Measuring Public Opinion The Origins of Public Opinion Is Public Opinion Meaningful? The Content of Public Opinion Effects of Background on Public Opinion Public Opinion: A Vital Component of American Politics Chapter 11: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections The Logic of Elections The Right to Vote Who Uses the Right to Vote? Election Campaigns The Logic of Elections Revisited Chapter 12: Political Parties The Constitution's Unwanted Offspring The Development and Evolution of the Party Systems The Revival of the Parties: A Sixth Party System? Expediency Persists Chapter 13: Interest Groups The Logic of Lobbying The Origins of Interest Group Politics in America Contemporary Interest Groups What Do Interest Groups Do? Interest Group Politics: Controversial and Thriving Chapter 14: The News Media Development of the News Business News as a Consumer Product News Media as the "Fourth Branch" News as the Product of Politics Conclusion: Politician-Press Relations Then and Now Part IV. Conclusion Chapter 15: Is There a Logic to American Policy? Toward a More Perfect Union? The Barriers to Institutional Change Four Stories of Reform and Collective Action The Tricky Business of Institutional Reform

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  • ISBN13: 9781483319841
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 760
  • ID: 9781483319841
  • weight: 1030
  • ISBN10: 1483319849
  • edition: 7th Revised edition

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