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Principles and practice of American politics : classic and contemporary readings
Kernell, Samuel, 1945-
Second edition.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2004]

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xiv, 642 pages ; 23 cm
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A collection of readings that balances political science classics with contemporary analyses of politics and public policy. They consider the strategies of major players in modern politics - citizens, public officals, candidates for office, voters, parties, organized interests and the media.

Table of Contents

Mancur Olson Jr.Kenneth A. Shepsle and Mark S. BonchekBeth DickeyGarrett HardinJohn McQuaidRobert D. PutnamWilliam RikerSamuel BeerJames M. BuchananJonathan WaltersJohn J. MountjoyLaura StokerMegan TwoheyCaroline E. BrownJoseph F. KobylkaGerald N. RosenbergRichard A. EpsteinRichard F. Fenno Jr.David R. MayhewBarbara SinclairFred R. HarrisRichard E. NeustadtSamuel KernellGerald F. Seib and John HarwoodJames Q. WilsonTerry M. MoePaul C. LightLee Epstein and Jack KnightLawrence BaumStuart Taylor Jr.Herbert AsherKristi AndersenLyn RagsdaleJames A. Stimson and Michael B. MacKuen and Robert S. EriksonJean Bethke ElshtainSamuel L. PopkinJames A. BarnesMartin P. WattenbergJohn H. AldrichPaul S. HerrnsonEverett Carll LaddE. E. SchattschneiderJohn R. WrightAllan J. Cigler and Burdett A. LoomisElizabeth DrewMichael SchudsonDoug UnderwoodJohn Herbers and James McCartneyJames B. Kelleher
Prefacep. xiii
Chapter 1. Designing Institutionsp. 1
1-1 from The Logic of Collective Actionp. 2
1-2 from Analyzing Politicsp. 15
1-3 Everything Must Go!p. 26
1-4 The Tragedy of the Commonsp. 31
1-5 Quotas Might Save both Fish and Fishersp. 45
1-6 The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Lifep. 49
Chapter 2. The Constitutional Frameworkp. 59
2-1 James Madison Explains the Constitution to Thomas Jeffersonp. 60
2-2 Trading Votes at the Constitutional Conventionp. 72
Chapter 3. Federalismp. 84
3-1 The Rediscovery of American Federalismp. 85
3-2 Federalism as an Ideal Political Order and an Objective for Constitutional Reformp. 110
3-3 Beyond the Welfare Clockp. 120
3-4 The Federalization of Criminal Lawsp. 128
Chapter 4. Civil Rightsp. 134
4-1 Understanding Whites' Resistance to Affirmative Actionp. 135
4-2 Desegregation Is Deadp. 153
4-3 High Court Upholds Minority Districtsp. 165
Chapter 5. Civil Libertiesp. 167
5-1 The Mysterious Case of Establishment Clause Litigation: How Organized Litigants Foiled Legal Changep. 168
5-2 The Real World of Constitutional Rights: The Supreme Court and the Implementation of the Abortion Decisionsp. 201
5-3 Privacy, Please: Thinking about a Troublesome Conceptp. 235
Chapter 6. Congressp. 244
6-1 The Senate in Bicameral Perspectivep. 245
6-2 from Congress: The Electoral Connectionp. 272
6-3 Party Leaders and the New Legislative Processp. 282
6-4 Toward More Accountable Membersp. 302
Chapter 7. The Presidencyp. 334
7-1 from Presidential Powerp. 335
7-2 from Going Publicp. 359
7-3 What Seemed Like a Good Idea Haunts the GOP Establishmentp. 378
Chapter 8. The Bureaucracyp. 385
8-1 from Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do Itp. 386
8-2 The Politics of Bureaucratic Structurep. 412
8-3 from The True Size of Governmentp. 429
Chapter 9. The Judiciaryp. 454
9-1 from The Choices Justices Makep. 455
9-2 from The Supreme Courtp. 469
9-3 Why It's Getting Harder to Appoint Judgesp. 498
Chapter 10. Public Opinionp. 502
10-1 Analyzing and Interpreting Pollsp. 503
10-2 Gender and Public Opinionp. 535
10-3 Disconnected Politics: Public Opinion and Presidentsp. 556
10-4 Dynamic Representationp. 578
10-5 Poll Positions: Leaders' Over-Dependence on Public Opinionp. 595
Chapter 11. Voting, Campaigns, and Electionsp. 598
11-1 from The Reasoning Voterp. 599
11-2 Rules of the Gamep. 607
11-3 Should Election Day Be a Holiday?p. 616
Chapter 12. Political Partiesp. 623
12-1 from Why Parties?p. 624
12-2 National Party Organizations at the Century's Endp. 638
12-3 Of Political Parties Great and Smallp. 671
Chapter 13. Interest Groupsp. 684
13-1 The Scope and Bias of the Pressure Systemp. 685
13-2 The Evolution of Interest Groupsp. 695
13-3 From Big Bird to Bill Gates: Organized Interests and the Emergence of Hyperpoliticsp. 704
13-4 The Money Culturep. 718
Chapter 14. The News Mediap. 741
14-1 Is Journalism Hopelessly Cynical?p. 742
14-2 Market Research and the Audience for Political Newsp. 752
14-3 Beaten: Washington Bureaus Have Largely Abandoned Agenciesp. 774
14-4 Low Scorep. 783