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The Logic of American Politics

Tenth Edition
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March 2021 | 784 pages | CQ Press
Why does the American political system work the way it does?

Find the answers in The Logic of American Politics. This bestselling text arms students with a "toolkit" of institutional design concepts—command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation—to help them comprehend 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. This thoroughly updated Tenth Edition considers the most recent events and data, including rising political polarization, the country’s reaction to changing demographics, and Americans’ growing emotional involvement in politics. With a fresh analysis of the 2020 election results, this bestseller provides students the tools they need to make sense of the government they have.

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Chapter 1: The Logic of American Politics
 
Part 1: The Nationalization of Politics
 
Chapter 2: The Constitution
 
Chapter 3: Federalism
 
Chapter 4: Civil Rights
 
Chapter 5: Civil Liberties
 
Part 2: The Institutions of Government
 
Chapter 6: Congress
 
Chapter 7: The Presidency
 
Chapter 8: The Bureaucracy
 
Chapter 9: The Federal Judiciary
 
Part 3: The Public's Influence on National Policy
 
Chapter 10: Public Opinion
 
Chapter 11: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
 
Chapter 12: Political Parties
 
Chapter 13: Interest Groups
 
Chapter 14: Media
 
Part 4: Conclusion
 
Chapter 15: Is There a Logic to American Policy?

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The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.

Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • Up-to-date 2020 election coverage and analysis—particularly in the chapters on Congress, the presidency, and political parties—provides students with an up-to-date understanding of the results of the 2020 elections.
  • Updated coverage of the following topics has been added: the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on federalism, the economy, the 2020 elections, and educational inequalities; mass protests following killing of George Floyd and its connection to other protest movements; environmental policies and issues; and detailed analysis of the impeachment of President Trump.  
  • An examination of President Trump’s leadership style provides students with insights on how his presidency differs from past presidencies and encourages students to reconsider the nature of presidential leadership.     
  • An increased emphasis on the collective action framework strengthens the authors approach of helping students to better understand the material.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Chapter-opening vignettes draw in students while effectively pointing to a chapter’s main themes.
  • A set of feature boxes strengthens the book’s analytic approach:
    • Logic of Politics boxes examine the design of various political institutions in light of the objectives they were intended to achieve.
    • Strategy and Choice boxes show how officeholders and those seeking to influence them employ institutions to advance their goals.
    • Politics to Policy boxes highlight how public policies reflect the institutions that produce them and evaluate institutional capacity to solve the nation’s problems.
  • The concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy. 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.
  • Robust pedagogical features strengthen the text’s analytical approach: boxed features, maps, tables, and figures make for a rich experience as students learn to analyze data; new learning objectives provide measurable takeaways; and more than 200 carefully chosen photographs bring historical and contemporary details to life.

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