Combining timeless readings with cutting-edge, current selections, authors Samuel Kernell and Steven S. Smith bring judicious editing and important context for students learning the ropes of American government. This collection effectively examines the strategic behavior of key players in U.S. politics, showing that although they are motivated by their own interests, political actors are influenced by the strategies of others, and are governed by the Constitution, the law, and institutional rules.
The Sixth Edition features 11 new readings, including 6 pieces written specifically for this volume. True to form, each and every selection is artfully framed by Kernell and Smith's headnotes, providing students with a valuable introduction to the topic.
NEW TO THIS EDITION: Nearly half of the reading selections have been changed or updated since the last edition.
Alan Abramowitz, "The Polarized Electorate" Sarah Binder, "The Politics of Legislative Stalemate"
Robert A. Carp and Kenneth L. Manning, "Selecting Justice: The Ideology of Federal Judges Appointed by President Barack Obama"
Richard L. Hall and Richard Anderson, "Issue Advertising and Legislative Advocacy in Health Politics"
Shanto Iyengar and Kyu S. Hahn, "Red Media, Blue Media: Evidence of Ideological Selectivity in Media Use"
Gary C. Jacobson, "No Compromise: The Electoral Origins of Legislative Gridlock"
Samuel Kernell, "The True Principles of Republican Government": Reassessing James Madison's Political Science
Donald F. Kettl, "Federalism: Sorting Out Who Does What"
Thad Kousser, "How America's ÂDevolution Revolution' Reshaped Its Federalism"
Schuette v. Bamn, 572 U.S. ____ (2014)
Steven S. Smith, "Congress, The Troubled Institution"
Testimony of Professor Justin Levitt before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?
Lynn Vavreck, "Want a Better Forecast? Measure the Campaign, Not Just the Economy"
John Zaller and Stanley Feldman, ÂA Simple Theory of the Survey Response: Answering Questions versus Revealing Preferences"
Jennifer Nicoll Victor, "Gridlock Lobbying: Breaking, Creating, and Maintaining Legislative Stalemate"