American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings / Edition 4

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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.

Introductions at the opening of each chapter highlight critical reading and thinking skills and help students understand the material in the text.

  • The incorporation of materials on the 2000 elections and 30% new readings engage students in the most current political topics, such as public polling, campaign finance reform, and the budget surplus.
  • Questions for Discussion reinforce students' understanding of the controversies and key points in each selection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395875384
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Politics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4

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 Loomis, at the University of Kansas, has published widely in the fields of political parties/organizations and legislative studies.

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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 SocialCapital
            • 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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