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Overview

Created to supplement any main text, this comprehensive reader offers a broad selection of classic and current documents, as well as analytical essays on current political issues.

An advisory essay at the opening of each chapter highlights critical reading and thinking skills, and instructs students on how to best annotate and use the material in the text.

  • Pieces written in a journalistic style focus on topics such as campaign finance reform, diversity, and gun control.
  • The revised Fifth Edition reflects a more balanced presentation of policy throughout.
  • A topic correlation chart aids instructors and students in finding relevant readings for each subject covered in the text.
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"American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings combines the true classics, the modern classics and the soon to be classics in an accessible and insightful manner."

"American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings combines the true classics, the modern classics and the soon to be classics in an accessible and insightful manner."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618453238
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 546
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Cigler is a well-known scholar whose areas of interest include political parties and electoral behavior. He teaches at the University of Kansas and is the series editor of the Houghton Mifflin New Directions in Political Behavior series.

Burdett A. Loomis is a professor of political science at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. form the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1974, served as an American Political Science Congressional Fellow in 1975-1976, and has taught at the University of Kansas since 1979. He has written on a variety of topics, including Congress, interest groups, state legislatures, and public policy. In 1984, Loomis directed the Congressional Management Project, which produced the first of many editions of SETTING COURSE: A CONGRESSIONAL MANAGEMENT GUIDE. Aside from teaching courses on congressional politics, interest groups, and policy making, since 1983 Loomis has directed public internship programs in Washington and Topeka. He currently serves as chair of the political science department and Interim Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute for Public Service and Public Policy at the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

I. Constitutional Foundations 1. The Constitution and Founding 1.1 Jack N. Rakove, A Tradition Born of Strife 1.2 Charles A. Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States 1.3 John P. Roche, The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action 1.4 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 51 1.5 Burt Solomon, What Were They Thinking? 2. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 2.1 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 39 2.2 McCullock v. Maryland (1819) 2.3 John D. Donahue, The Devil in Devolution 2.4 Martha Derthick, American Federalism: Half-Full or Half-Empty? 3. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 3.1 Near v. Minnesota (1931) 3.2 Fred Friendly, From the Saturday Press to the New York Times 3.3 Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) 3.4 Jeffrey Rosen, Why Privacy Matters 3.5 Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) 3.6 Alexander Nguyen, The Assault II. People and Politics 4. Public Opinion 4.1 Benjamin Ginsberg, Polling and the Transformation of Public Opinion 4.2 Molly W. Sonner and Clyde Wilcox, Forgiving and Forgetting: Public Support for Bill Clinton During the Lewinsky Scandal 4.3 David S. Broder and Richard Morin, A Question of Values 4.4 Dana Milbank, I Hear America Ringing 5. Participation 5.1 Micah L. Sifry, Finding the Lost Voters 5.2 Michael Schudson, Voting Rites: Why We Need a New Concept of Citizenship 5.3 Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital 6. Political Parties 6.1 Kay Lawson, Why We Still Need Real Political Parties 6.2 Everett Carll Ladd, Of Political Parties Great and Strong 6.3 John Kenneth White and Daniel M. Shea, Creative Party Finances in the Information Age 7. Campaigns and Elections 7.1 Burt Solomon, Presidency—Disunity for All 7.2 Alan Ehrenhalt, Political Pawns 7.3 Robert Dreyfuss, Rousing the Democratic Base 8. The Mass Media 8.1 Joshua Meyrowitz, Lowering the Political Hero to Our Level 8.2 Thomas E. Patterson, Bad News, Bad Governance 8.3 Scott Stossel, Echo Chamber of Horrors 9. Interest Groups 9.1 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 10 9.2 Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, Lobbyists—Why the Bad Rap? 9.3 Theda Skocpol, Associations Without Members 9.4 Allan J. Cigler and Burdett A. Loomis, From Big Bird to Bill Gates: Organized Interests and the Emergence of Hyperpolitics III. Institutions 10. Congress 10.1 Kenneth A. Shepsle, The Changing Textbook Congress 10.2 Lee H. Hamilton, Ten Things I Wish Political Scientists Would Teach About Congress 10.3 Sarah A. Binder, Going Nowhere: A Gridlocked Congress? 10.4 Mark Murray, King of the Roads 10.5 Richard E. Cohen, Crackup of the Committees 11. The Presidency 11.1 Richard E. Neustadt, The Power to Persuade 11.2 Robert A. Dahl, Myth of the Presidential Mandate 11.3 Evan Thomas, Why Clinton Won 11.4 Carl M. Cannon, Promises, Promises 12. Bureaucracy 12.1 Charles Peters, From Ouagadougou to Cape Canaveral: Why the Bad News Doesn't Travel Up 12.2 James Q. Wilson, Constraints on Public Managers 12.3 Nicholas Thompson, Finding The Civil Service's Hidden Sex Appeal 12.4 Norman Ornstein and Thomas Donilon, The Confirmation Clog 13. The Supreme Court 13.1 Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 78 13.2 Marbury v. Madison (1803) 13.3 Richard A. Posner, What Am I? A Potted Plant? 13.4 Stuart Taylor, Jr., The Tipping Point IV. Public Policy 14. Policymaking 14.1 Christopher Georges, Sign It, Then Mind It 14.2 Deborah Stone, Stories 14.3 Pietro S. Nivola, Regulation: The New Pork Barrel 14.4 Allen Schick, A Surplus, If We Can Keep It

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