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Ninth Edition


April 2019 | CQ Press

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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 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

 
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?

 
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 III: The Public's Influence on National Policy
 
Chapter 10: Public Opinion
What Is Public Opinion?

 
Measuring Public Opinion

 
Straw Polls

 
The Origins of Public Opinion

 
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?

 
What, Exactly, Do Pac Contributions Buy?

 
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 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
 
Notes
 
Glossary
 
Index
 
About the Authors

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