The Logic of American Politics

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Samuel H. Kernell
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Why does the American political system work the way it does?  



Find the answers in
The Logic of American Politics. This best-selling text arms you with a toolkit of institutional design concepts—command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation—that help you recognize how the American political system was designed and why it works the way it does. The authors build your critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.  



Thoroughly updated to account for the most recent events and data, the
Ninth
Edition explores the increase in political polarization, the growing emotional involvement people have to politics, Americans’ reactions to changing demographics, the partisan politics of judicial selection, and the changing nature of presidential leadership. Revised to include the 2018 election results and analysis, this edition provides you with the tools you need to make sense of today’s government.

Recipient of a 2021 McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA)

Why does the American political system work the way it does? Find the answers in The Logic of American Politics. This best-selling text arms students with a toolkit of institutional design concepts—command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation—that help them recognize how the American political system was designed and 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.   

Thoroughly updated to account for the most recent events and data, the Ninth Edition explores the increase in political polarization, the growing emotional involvement people have to politics, Americans’ reactions to changing demographics, the partisan politics of judicial selection, and the changing nature of presidential leadership. Revised to include the 2018 election results and analysis, this edition provides students with the tools they need to make sense of today’s government.  


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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 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

The Fight for Ratification

The Theory Underlying the Constitution

Designing Institutions for Collective Action: The Framers’ Tool Kit

Assessing the Constitution’s Performance in Today’s 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

Civil Liberties as Public Policy

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

Review Questions

Part II: The Institutions of Government

Chapter 6 • Congress

Congress in the Constitution

Congress and Electoral Politics

Who Serves in Congress?

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

Conclusion

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

Does a Politicized Judiciary Alter Separation of Powers?

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

Review Questions

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

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

Development and Evolution of the Party Systems

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 • Media

Development of the News Business

Legacy News as a Consumer Product: How the News Gets “Made”

Demand for and Effects of News

News Media as the “Fourth Branch”

Politician–Press Relations Then and Now

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

Review Questions

Part IV: 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

Glossary

Notes

Index

About the Authors

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