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1483319849
ISBN-13:
2901483319840
Pub. Date:
06/16/2015
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Logic of American Politics / Edition 7

Logic of American Politics / Edition 7

by Samuel H. Kernell

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Logic of American Politics / Edition 7

The authors (of the U. of California at San Diego) of this introductory textbook on American politics emphasize the centrality of institutions in enabling and constraining collective decision making in the United States. They first offer chapters on what they see as the foundational elements of American national politics, the Constitution, federalism, civil rights, and civil liberties, explaining their development over time. They then examine Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the federal judiciary, discussing how the politics and logic of their development shaped their organizational features, practices, and relations with one another. Next come chapters examining the historical development, political logic, and present-day operations and activities of the institutions that link citizens with government officials, covering public opinion; voting, campaigns, and elections; political parties; interest groups; and the news media. A final chapter explores the dilemmas of institutional reform. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901483319840
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Logic of American Politics Series
Edition description: Seventh Edition
Pages: 760
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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. Kernell’s research interests focus on the presidency and American political history. His previous books include Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership, 3rd edition; an edited collection of essays, James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government; and, with Gary C. Jacobson, The Logic of American Politics, 7th edition, and Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Kernell’s most recent book, Party Ballots, Reform and the Transformation of American Politics, (2015, with Erik Engstrom), won the APSA's David Greenstone Award for the best book in politics and history.

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, Eighth 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, Second Edition, and is coauthor with Samuel Kernell of Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, Second Edition. Jacobson is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thad Kousser is professor of political science and department chair at the University of California, San Diego. He has served as a legislative aide in the California, New Mexico, and U.S. senates. He is the author of Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism, coauthor of The Power of American Governors and The Logic of American Politics, and coeditor of The New Political Geography of California. Kousser has been awarded the UCSD Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, has served as coeditor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and serves as coeditor for state and local politics of Legislative Studies Quarterly.

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.

Table of Contents

Preface
A Note to Students
Chapter 1: The Logic of American Politics
The Importance of Institutional Design
Constitutions and Governments
Collective Action Problems
The Costs of Collective Action
Representative Government
The Work of Government
Collective Action and America’s Constitution
Nota Bene
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
PART 1 The Nationalization of Politics
Chapter 2: The Constitution
The Road to Independence
America’s First Constitution: The Articles of Confederation
Drafting a New Constitution
The Fight for Ratification
The Theory Underlying the Constitution
Designing Institutions for Collective Action: The Framers’ Tool Kit
The Constitution Begins the Nationalization of American Politics
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 3: Federalism
American-Style Federalism
Federalism and the Constitution
The Paths to Nationalization
Modern Federalism
Evolving Federalism: A By-Product of National Policy
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 4: Civil Rights
What Are Civil Rights?
The Civil Rights of African Americans
The Politics of Black Civil Rights
The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Challenging Tyranny
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 5: Civil Liberties
Nationalization of Civil Liberties
Writing Rights and Liberties into the Constitution
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of Religion
Gun Rights
Criminal Rights
Privacy
Assessing Civil Liberties as Public Policy
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
PART 2 The Institutions of Government
Chapter 6: Congress
Congress in the Constitution
Congress and Electoral Politics
Who Serves in Congress?
The Basic Problems of Legislative Organization
Organizing Congress
Making Laws
Evaluating Congress
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 7: The Presidency
The Historical Presidency
The Modern Presidency
Dilemma of Leadership
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy
The Development of the Federal Bureaucracy
An Expanding Government
Bureaucracy in Action
Who Controls the Bureaucracy?
Bureaucratic Reform: A Hardy Perennial
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 9: The Federal Judiciary
Setting the Stage for Judicial Review
Three Eras of the Court’s Judicial Review
The Structure of the Federal Judiciary
Judicial Decision Making
The Supreme Court’s Place in the Separation of Powers
Who Guards the Guardians?
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
PART 3 The Public’s Influence on National Policy
Chapter 10: Public Opinion
What Is Public Opinion?
Measuring Public Opinion
The Origins of Public Opinion
Is Public Opinion Meaningful?
The Content of Public Opinion
Effects of Background on Public Opinion
Public Opinion: A Vital Component of American Politics
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 11: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
The Logic of Elections
The Right to Vote
Who Uses the Right to Vote?
Election Campaigns
The Logic of Elections Revisited
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 12: Political Parties
The Constitution’s Unwanted Offspring
The Development and Evolution of the Party Systems
The Revival of the Parties: A Sixth Party System?
Expediency Persists
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 13: Interest Groups
The Logic of Lobbying
The Origins of Interest Group Politics in the United States
Contemporary Interest Groups
What Do Interest Groups Do?
Interest Group Politics: Controversial and Thriving
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Chapter 14: The News Media
Development of the News Business
News as a Consumer Product
News Media as the “Fourth Branch”
News as the Product of Politics
Strategic Relations between Politicians and Reporters
Conclusion: Politician–Press Relations Then and Now
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
PART 4 Conclusion
Chapter 15: Is There a Logic to American Policy?
Free Riding and Health Care
The Obstacles to Taking Domestic Action to Stop Global Climate Change
High-Stakes Maneuvering: Why We Tiptoe Up To, but Have Not Fallen Off, the Fiscal Cliff
The Prisoner’s Dilemma of Entitlement Reform
The Success and Failure of Collective Action: A Tale of Two Tax Reforms
Conclusion
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Review Questions
Reference Material
Notes
Glossary
Index
About the Authors

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