The Logic of American Politics, 6th Edition / Edition 0

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Think you know The Logic of American Politics? Think again.

Praised for its engaging narrative, the book hooks students with great storytelling while arming them with a toolkit of institutional design concepts. By giving them a taste of real political science in the introductory course, students recognize not only how the American political system was designed the way it was, but also understand why it works the way it does. The authors build students? critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.

This sixth edition of this best seller continues to pay special attention to polarization as the authors consistently return to the country?s divide?among voters and in government?as they update with coverage of the 2012 elections and address such hot-button issues as health care in the wake of the Supreme Court?s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and campaign finance in the post?Citizens United era. In addition, bolded key terms, a glossary, annotated reading lists, review questions, and a companion website help students read, think, study, and understand.

A new eye-catching, full-color interior showcases more than 200 carefully chosen photographs that will grab students? attention while multicolored maps, tables, and figures make for a rich experience as students learn to analyze data.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452276496
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc
  • Publication date: 6/15/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 53,518
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Kernell is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1977. Previously, he taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota and served as a Senior Fells at the Brookings Institution. Kernell?s research interests focus on the presidency and American political history. His books include Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership, 4th edition, Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 4th edition (edited with Steven S. Smith), an edited collection of essays, James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government, and Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Manufactured Responsiveness: The Transformation of America's Nineteenth Century Electoral Institutions (with Erik J. Engstrom) will be published in 2014.

Gary C. Jacobson is distinguished professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1979. He previously taught at Trinity College, the University of California at Riverside, Yale University, and Stanford University. Jacobson specializes in the study of U.S. elections, parties, interest groups, and Congress. He is the author of Money in Congressional Elections, The Politics of Congressional Elections, 8th edition, The Electoral Origins of Dividend Government: Competition in the U.S.House Elections, 1946-1988, and A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American People, 2nd edition, and is coauthor with Samuel Kernell of Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Jacobson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thad Kousser is associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego (USCD) and director of the California Constitutional Reform Project at Stanford University?s The Bill Lane Center for the American West. He has served as a legislative aide in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. He is the author of Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism, which won the APSA Legislative Studies Section?s Alan Rosenthal Prize, and the co-editor of The New Political Geography of California, 10th edition. He has been awarded the UCSD Academic Senate?s Distinguished Teaching Award, and serves as co-editor of the State Politics and Policy Quarterly journal.

Lynn Vavreck is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she has taught since 2001. She previously taught at Dartmouth College and held a research position at Princeton University. Before returning to the academy, Vavreck worked in the White House and on presidential campaigns. Her research focuses mainly on the effects of campaign messaging and specifically on the impact of political advertising. She is the author of The Message Matters: The Economy and Presidential Campaigns and co-author of Campaign Reform: Insights and Evidence and The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election. Her political commentary can be read in The New York Times and on broadcast outlets like MSNBC, CNN, and NPR. She serves on advisory boards for the American National Election Study and the British Election Study and has twice consulted for venture-funded start-ups interested in improving the measurement of advertising and public attitudes through innovations in technology.

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