American Society And Politics: Institutional, Historical, and Theoretical Perspectives / Edition 1by Theda Skocpol
Pub. Date: 09/01/1994
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
American Society and Politics is an edited collection of readings offering a unique combination of institutional,historical,and theoretical perspectives on U.S. political institutions and public policymaking,and on the social groups and movements that have participated in modern American national politics. Cutting across disciplinary boundaries,this volume brings together important articles by prominent political sociologists,political scientists,and historians. It may be used as a primary or supplementary text for advanced undergraduates or entry-level graduate students in departments of sociology,political science and history. Articles are arranged into four parts: I: Thinking About Politics in the Unites States and Beyond; II: The Development of the National Policy; III: contemporary Movements for Social and Political Change; and IV: The Politics of Public Policymaking. The editors introduce each group of readings with a thoughtful essay. These introductions orient students to the key themes and issues,alert them to explicit or implicit debates among the articles in that section,and point out connections among articles across the various sections.
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Table of Contents
1. Power and Democracy.
Nelson Polsby, "How to Study Community Power: The Pluralist Alternative".
John Gaventa, "Power and Participation".
2. The State and Capitalism.
G. William Domhoff, "Who Rules America?"
Theda Skocpol, "Political Response to Capitalist Crisis: Neo-Marxist Theories of the
State and the Case of the New Deal".
John L. Campbell and Leon N. Lindberg, "Property Rights and the Organization of
Economic Activity by the State".
3. Institutions, Actors, and Ideas.
Theda Skocpol, "Bringing the State Back In: Strategies of Analysis in Current Research".
James M. Buchanan, "The Economic Theory of Politics Reborn".
Paul J. Quirk, "Deregulation and the Politics of Ideas in Congress".
PART TWO: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL POLICY.
4. The State, Parties, and Elections
Samuel P. Huntington, "Political Modernization: America vs. Europe".
Walter Dean Burnham, "Party Systems and the Political Process".
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