Readings in American Politics: Analysis and Perspectives (Second Edition)

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-09-17
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Readings in American Politics introduces students to foundational works and recent scholarship that have shaped the way political scientists understand American government today. In the Second Edition, 30 percent of the readings are new, including excerpts from widely requested classics such as Home Style by Richard Fenno and The Hollow Hope by Gerald Rosenberg' ;as well as recent scholarship like Michelle Swers'"s The Difference Women Make and Larry Bartels'"s Unequal Democracy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
About the Editorp. xiii
The Second Treatise of Governmentp. 1
The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groupsp. 6
"The Tragedy of the Commons"p. 24
The Logic of Delegation: Congressional Parties and the Appropriations Processp. 38
The Constitution and the Founding
The Federalist, No. 10p. 51
The Federalist, No. 51p. 58
The Antifederalist, No. 1p. 62
How Democratic Is the American Constitution?p. 71
The Federalist, No. 39p. 77
Federalism: Origin, Operation, Significancep. 83
United States v. Lopez (1995)p. 97
"The Katrina Breakdown," from On Risk and Disasterp. 107
Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politicsp. 113
Brown v. Board of Education (1954)p. 128
District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)p. 133
Congress: The Electoral Connectionp. 149
Home Style: House Members in Their Districtsp. 162
The Difference Women Make: The Policy Impact of Women in Congressp. 167
Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representativesp. 172
The Presidency
Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reaganp. 193
"Bargaining and Presidential Power"p. 202
Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Publicp. 208
Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Actionp. 229
Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadershipp. 243
The Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do Itp. 253
"Congressional Oversight Overlooked: Police Patrols versus Fire Alarms"p. 267
The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Reputations, Networks, and Policy Innovation in Executive Agencies, 1862-1928p. 282
The Judiciary
The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring about Social Change?p. 287
Marbury v. Madison (1801)p. 294
Lawrence v. Texas (2003)p. 303
Bush v. Gore (2000)p. 314
Public Opinion
The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know?p. 327
The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinionp. 340
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policiesp. 345
Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in Americap. 351
The Private Roots of Public Actionp. 369
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Communityp. 386
Interest Groups
The Organization of Interests: Incentives and the Internal Dynamics of Political Interest Groupsp. 391
Outside Lobbying: Public Opinion and Interest Group Strategiesp. 404
Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Differencep. 419
Political Parties
Why Parties? The Origin and Transformation of Party Politics in Americap. 421
The American Voterp. 445
The End of Inequality: One Person, One Vote and the Transformation of American Politicsp. 453
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)p. 462
Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Richesp. 474
The Media
Soft News Goes to War: Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy in the New Media Agep. 491
Media Politics: A Citizen's Guidep. 495
Economic Policy
The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Moneyp. 505
Capitalism and Freedomp. 510
Social Policy
Agendas and Instability in American Politicsp. 517
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Agep. 529
Foreign Policy
Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the Worldp. 539
The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11p. 543
Acknowledgmentsp. 553
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