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The logic of American politics /
Samuel Kernell, Gary C. Jacobson, and Thad Kousser.
edition
5th ed.
imprint
Los Angeles : SAGE/CQ Press, c2012.
description
xli, 797 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1608712753 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781608712755 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Los Angeles : SAGE/CQ Press, c2012.
isbn
1608712753 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781608712755 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Part I. The Nationalization of politics -- Part II. The Institutions of government -- Part III. The Public's influence on national policy -- Part IV. Conclusion.
catalogue key
9110444
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Conveying how the American political system is both extraordinary & complex, the authors explain in a simple & straightforward way that there is a rationale embedded in the U.S. political system.
Main Description
The American people-and their government-are deeply at odds over how best to overcome the obstacles currently facing the country. After observing the strains of intense partisanship and divided government, your students are probably asking what logic, if any, can be found in politics. The new fifth edition of Logic reaffirms this best-seller's place as the most accessible "smart" book on the market. Weaving together historical context, current politics, and analytic concepts, Logic builds students' understanding of political institutions and practices as imperfect solutions to collective action problems. Consistently praised for its engaging narrative, Logic hooks students with great storytelling while arming them with a "toolkit" of institutional design concepts-command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, delegation. Walking students through examples of how each concept works, the authors also highlight passages that apply collective action themes so students cannot miss key points. Up-to-date in its coverage of such hot-button issues as health care and financial reform, the midterm elections, and racial profiling and immigration, this fifth edition also pays special attention to political polarization. Throughout the book, the authors consistently return to the country's divide-among constituents and in government-as they guide students through the fundamentals of American politics. More than 100 tables, figures, and maps offer visual context to an array of political data and analysis, while over 230 carefully chosen photographs enhance the book's examples and insights. Bolded key terms, a glossary, annotated reading lists, review questions, and a companion website help students read, think, and study.
Main Description
The American people-and their government-are deeply at odds over how best to overcome the obstacles currently facing the country. After observing the strains of intense partisanship and divided government, your students are probably asking what logic, if any, can be found in politics. The new fifth edition of Logic reaffirms this best-seller’s place as the most accessible “smart” book on the market. Weaving together historical context, current politics, and analytic concepts, Logic builds students’ understanding of political institutions and practices as imperfect solutions to collective action problems. Consistently praised for its engaging narrative, Logic hooks students with great storytelling while arming them with a “toolkit” of institutional design concepts-command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, delegation. Walking students through examples of how each concept works, the authors also highlight passages that apply collective action themes so students cannot miss key points. Up-to-date in its coverage of such hot-button issues as health care and financial reform, the midterm elections, and racial profiling and immigration, this fifth edition also pays special attention to political polarization. Throughout the book, the authors consistently return to the country’s divide-among constituents and in government-as they guide students through the fundamentals of American politics. More than 100 tables, figures, and maps offer visual context to an array of political data and analysis, while over 230 carefully chosen photographs enhance the book’s examples and insights. Bolded key terms, a glossary, annotated reading lists, review questions, and a companion website help students read, think, and study.
Table of Contents
The Logic of American Politics
The Nationalization of Politics
The Constitution
Federalism
Civil Rights
Civil Liberties
The Institutions of Government
Congress
The Presidency
The Bureaucracy
The Federal Judiciary
The PublicâÇÖs Influence on National Policy
Public Opinion
Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
Political Parties
Interest Groups
The News Media
Conclusion
The Prospects for Institutional Reform
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