This new edition of the bestselling The Logic of American Politics is thoroughly updated and covers the dramatic 2016 election results with a thorough analysis of those results. It arms students with a revised introduction to institutional design that makes concepts such as command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation easier for students to master and apply, so they clearly see how the American political system was devised and why it works the way it does. Authors Samuel Kernell, Gary C. Jacobson, Thad Kousser, and Lynn Vavreck build students' critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems. This new edition continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government and highlight the increasingly partisan nature of campaigns. By exploring issues such as the Affordable Care Act’s troubled implementation, the increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states, and the debate over immigration, the book illustrates how the institutional structures of government, federalism, and even campaigns can help voters make sense of their choices. The concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, as shown through issues like health care reform, global climate change, and the federal budget. 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.
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The U.S. political system is as extraordinary as it is complex. Yet for all its complexity, there is a rationale embedded in our political institutions and practices. Distinguished scholars Kernell and Jacobson explain this underlying logic to help students develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of the system, created by the Constitution and shaped by two centuries of evolution. Encouraged to think--and not merely to memorize facts--students come to understand how political institutions and actions clash in often systematic and predictable ways. Logic is accompanied by an array of support materials to help prepare students for the AP exam. An accompanying web site, logic.cqpress.com (with chapter objectives and reviews, self-graded quizzes, exercises, instructor's resources, and more), a testing program, overhead transparencies, and Power Point lecture slides combine to enhance learning and raise test scores.
This is a shrink-wrapped, discounted packaged for the introduction to American government course. The books included are: Kernell and Jacobson's 'The Logic of American Politics, 3rd ed.'; Kernell and Smith's 'Principles and Practice of American Politics, 3rd ed.'
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