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The Logic of American Politics - Interactive eBook

The Logic of American Politics - Interactive eBook

Ninth Edition

April 2019 | CQ Press

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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


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


Key Terms

Suggested Readings

Review Questions

Reference Material
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