American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings / Edition 6

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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 Richard Hofstadter, The Founding Fathers: An Age of Realism 1.3 John P. Roche, The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action 1.4 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 51 2. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 2.1 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 39 2.2 McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) 2.3 Jonathan Walters and Donald Kettl, The Katrina Breakdown 2.4 Robert Gordon, The Federalism Debate: Why the Idea of National Education Standards Is Crossing Party Lines 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 Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) 3.4 Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) 3.5 Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (2003) 3.6 Stuart Taylor Jr., Rights, Liberties, and Security: Recalibrating the Balance After September 11 3.7 Brown v. Board of Education (1954; 1955) 3.8 Gerald Rosenberg, Substituting Symbol for Substance: What Did Brown Really Accomplish? 3.9 Peter H. Schuck, Affirmative Action: Don't Mend It or End It--Bend It 3.10 Joint Statement of Constitutional Law Scholars, Reaffirming Diversity: A Legal Analysis of the University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases II. People and Politics 4. Public Opinion 4.1 Larry M. Bartels, Is "Popular Rule" Possible? 4.2 Michael W. Traugott, Can We Trust the Polls? 4.3 John Mueller, The Iraq Syndrome 5. Participation and Civic Engagement 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 5.4 Scott Keeter, Politics and the "DotNet" Generation 6. Political Parties 6.1 John H. Aldrich, The Case for the Importance of Political Parties 6.2 Paul Allen Beck, A Tale of Two Electorates: The Changing American Party Coalitions, 1952-2000 6.3 Pietro S. Nivola, Thinking About Political Polarization 7. Campaigns and Elections 7.1 William G. Mayer, Race for the Nomination: In Search of Reform 7.2 McConnell v. The Federal Election Commission (2003) 7.3 David Mark, Attack Ads Are Good for You 8. The Mass Media 8.1 Joshua Meyrowitz, Lowering the Political Hero to Our Level 8.2 Scott L. Althaus, American News Consumption During Times of National Crisis 8.3 Steven Kull, The Press and Misperceptions About the Iraq War 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 Jim Drinkard, Drugmakers Go Furthest to Sway Congress III. Institutions 10. Congress 10.1 Richard F. Fenno Jr., If, As Ralph Nader Says, Congress Is "the Broken Branch," How Come We Love Our Congressmen So Much? 10.2 Kenneth A. Shepsle, The Changing Textbook Congress 10.3 Barbara Sinclair, The New World of U.S. Senators 10.4 Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein, The Broken Branch 10.5 Evan Thomas, Where the Republicans Went Astray 11. The Presidency 11.1 Richard E. Neustadt, The Power to Persuade 11.2 Robert A. Dahl, Myth of the Presidential Mandate 11.3 Gene Healy and Timothy Lynch, Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush 12. Bureaucracy 12.1 E. J. Dionne Jr., "Political Hacks" versus "Bureaucrats": Can't Public Servants Get Some Respect? 12.2 James Q. Wilson, Constraints on Public Managers 12.3 Charles Peters, From Ouagadougou to Cape Canaveral: Why the Bad News Doesn't Travel Up 12.4 Paul C. Light, The True Size of Government 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 David Cole, The "Kennedy Court" IV. Public Policy 14. Policymaking 14.1 Deborah Stone, Stories 14.2 Pietro S. Nivola, Regulation: The New Pork Barrel 14.3 Eric Cohen, The Politics and Realities of Medicare 14.4 Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy 14.5 Paul Pillar, Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq
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