THE LOGIC OF AMERICAN POLITICS 7E 2015 (P)
|Now featuring the logic of policymaking!
Praised for its engaging narrative, The Logic of American Politics hooks students with great storytelling while giving them a taste of real political science. Students come to understand why institutional design concepts like voting rules and delegation help explain why the American political system works the way it does. The authors build students' critical thinking skills through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.
The Seventh Edition of this best seller continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government, exploring issues such as the Affordable Care Act’s troubled implementation, the increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states, and the debate over President Obama’s executive action on immigration. A new concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, as shown through policies like health care reform, global climate change, and the federal budget. Students glean insights into the sources of policy problems, identify possible solutions, and realize why agreement on those solutions is often so hard to achieve.
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Table Of Contents
Chapter 1: The Logic of American Politics
The Importance of Institutional Design
Constitutions and Governments
Collective Action Problems
The Costs of Collective Action
Designing Institutions for Collective Action: The Framers’ Tool Kit
The Work of Government
PART I: THE NATIONALIZATION OF POLITICS
Chapter 2: The Constitution
The Road to Independence
America’s First Constitution: The Articles of Confederation
Drafting a New Constitution
Logic of Politics: Checks and Balances in the Constitution
Strategy and Choice: Logrolling a Constitution
The Fight for Ratification
The Theory Underlying the Constitution
The Constitution: Born of Sweet Reason or Politics?
Chapter 3: Federalism
Federalism and the Constitution
The Paths to Nationalization
Evolving Federalism: A Byproduct of National Policy
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
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
Assessing Civil Liberties as Public Policy
PART II. THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT
Chapter 6: Congress
Congress in the Constitution
Strategy and Choice: The Republican Gerrymander in 2012
Congress and Electoral Politics
Who Serves in Congress?
The Basic Problems of Legislative Organization
Chapter 7: The Presidency
The Historical Presidency
The Modern Presidency
Presidents as Strategic Actors
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
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?
PART III. 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
Chapter 11: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
The Logic of Elections
The Right to Vote
Who Uses the Right to Vote?
The Logic of Elections Revisited
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?
Chapter 13: Interest Groups
The Logic of Lobbying
The Origins of Interest Group Politics in America
Contemporary Interest Groups
What Do Interest Groups Do?
Interest Group Politics: Controversial and Thriving
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
Conclusion: Politician–Press Relations Then and Now
PART IV. CONCLUSION
Chapter 15: Is There a Logic to American Policy?
Toward a More Perfect Union?
The Barriers to Institutional Change
Four Stories of Reform and Collective Action
The Tricky Business of Institutional Reform