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Principles and Practice of American Politics
Classic and Contemporary Readings

Seventh Edition


April 2018 | 448 pages | CQ Press
Combining timeless readings with cutting-edge, current selections, Principles and Practice effectively examines the strategic behavior of key players in American politics. The Seventh Edition includes nine new and updated essays, reflecting on the continuing debates over the polarization of the American electorate and Congress; the role of social media and "fake news" in influencing public views of politicians and issues; the efficacy of polling in tracking public opinion; and other issues more relevant than ever in the wake of the 2016 elections. Each selection is artfully framed by Kernell and Smith’s contextual headnotes, and many of the readings are written specifically for the volume.
 
Chapter 1: Designing Institutions
Mancur Olson Jr.
1-1: From The Logic of Collective Action
Garrett Hardin
1-2: The Tragedy of the Commons
 
Chapter 2: The Constitutional Framework
James Madison
2-1: Federalist No. 10
James Madison
2-2: Federalist No. 51
Samuel Kernell
2-3: "The True Principles of Republican Government": Reassessing James Madison's Federalist Numbers 10 and 51
 
Chapter 3: Federalism
Donald F. Kettl
3-1: Federalism: Sorting Out Who Does What
Thad Kousser
3-2: How America's "Devolution Revolution" Reshaped Its Federalism
 
Chapter 4: Civil Rights
Rebekah Harris
4-1: From Minorities and Representation in American Politics
Justin Levitt
4-2: New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?
 
Chapter 5: Civil Liberties
Jonathan Rauch
5-1: In Defense of Prejudice: Why Incendiary Speech Must Be Protected
Supreme Court of the United States
5-2: Roe v. Wade
Gerald N. Rosenberg
5-3: The Real World of Constitutional Rights: The Supreme Court and the Implementation of the Abortion Decisions
 
Chapter 6: Congress
Steven S. Smith
6-1: Congress, the Troubled Institution
Sarah A. Binder
6-2: Legislating in Polarized Times
John H. Aldrich and David W. Rohde
6-3: Congressional Committees in a Continuing Partisan Era
 
Chapter 7: The Presidency
Richard E. Neustadt
7-1: From Presidential Power
Samuel Kernell
7-2: From Going Public
 
Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy
Terry M. Moe
8-1: The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure
David E. Lewis
8-2: From The Politics of Presidential Appointments
 
Chapter 9: The Judiciary
Antonin Scalia
9-1: From A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law
Stephen Breyer
9-2: From Active Liberty
Alexander Hamilton
9-3: Federalist No. 78
 
Chapter 10: Public Opinion
Herbert Asher
10-1: Analyzing and Interpreting Polls
American Association of Public Opinion Research
10-2: From An Evaluation of 2016 Election Polls in the United States
Morris P. Fiorina
10-3: From Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America
Alan L. Abramowitz
10-4: The Polarized Electorate
 
Chapter 11: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
Samuel L. Popkin
11-1: From The Reasoning Voter
Gary C. Jacobson
11-2: No Compromise: The Electoral Origins of Legislative Gridlock
Michael Schudson
11-3: America's Ignorant Voters
Betsy Sinclair, Steven S. Smith, and Patrick D. Tucker
11-4: The Fragile Trump Coalition
 
Chapter 12: Political Parties
John H. Aldrich
12-1: From Why Parties?
Lee Drutman
12-2: Doom-Loop Partisanship
Morris P. Fiorina
12-3: Parties as Problem Solvers
 
Chapter 13: Interest Groups
E.E. Schattschneider
13-1: The Scope and Bias of the Pressure System
Jennifer Nicoll Victor
13-2: Gridlock Lobbying: Breaking, Creating, and Maintaining Legislative Stalemate
 
Chapter 14: News Media
Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow
14-1: Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election
Alexis C. Madrigal
14-2: What Facebook Did to American Democracy

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