Parties and Policies: How the American Government Works

Parties and Policies: How the American Government Works

by David R. Mayhew
     
 

In this wide-ranging new volume, one of our most important and perceptive scholars of the workings of the American government investigates political parties, politicians, elections, and policymaking to discover why public policy emerges in the shape that it does. David R. Mayhew looks at two centuries of policy making—from the Civil War and

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In this wide-ranging new volume, one of our most important and perceptive scholars of the workings of the American government investigates political parties, politicians, elections, and policymaking to discover why public policy emerges in the shape that it does. David R. Mayhew looks at two centuries of policy making—from the Civil War and Reconstruction era through the Progressive era, the New Deal, the Great Society, the Reagan years, and the aspirations of the Clinton and Bush administrations—and offers his original insights on the ever-evolving American policy experience.

These fourteen essays were written over the past three decades and collectively showcase Mayhew’s skepticism of the usefulness of political parties as an analytic window into American politics.  These writings, which include a new introductory essay, probe beneath the parties to the essentials of the U.S. constitutional system and the impulses and idiosyncrasies of history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300137620
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction 1
1 The Electoral Incentive 19
2 Congressional Elections: The Case of the Vanishing Marginals 54
3 Why Did V. O. Key Draw Back from His "Have-Nots" Claim? 73
4 Divided Party Control: Does It Make a Difference? 94
5 Clinton, the 103d Congress, and Unified Party Control: What Are the Lessons? 102
6 U.S. Policy Waves in Comparative Context 137
7 Presidential Elections and Policy Change: How Much of a Connection Is There? 153
8 Innovative Midterm Elections 180
9 Electoral Realignments 198
10 Actions in the Public Sphere 227
11 Supermajority Rule in the U.S. Senate 273
12 Wars and American Politics 288
13 Events as Causes: The Case of American Politics 328
14 Incumbency Advantage in U.S. Presidential Elections: The Historical Record 358 Index 393

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