The Logic of American Politics

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Now featuring the logic of policymaking!

Praised for its engaging narrative, The Logic of American Politics hooks students with great storytelling while giving them a taste of real political science. Students come to understand why institutional design concepts like voting rules and delegation help explain why the American political system works the way it does. The authors build students′ critical thinking skills through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.

The Seventh Edition continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government, 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 President Obama’s executive action on immigration. A new concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, as shown through policies like health care reform, global climate change, and the federal budget.

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Samuel Kernell is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1977. Previously, he taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota. Kernell’s research interests focus on the presidency and American political history. His previous books include Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership, 3rd edition; an edited collection of essays, James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government; and, with Gary C. Jacobson, The Logic of American Politics, 7th edition, and Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Kernell’s most recent book, Party Ballots, Reform and the Transformation of American Politics, (2015, with Erik Engstrom), won the APSA′s David Greenstone Award for the best book in politics and history.

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"The Logic of American Politics is an ideal text for students new to the processes of the American government to learn about how the institutions of government and how the political system work. It is the best textbook on American government and political process on the market!"

Author: Jason Fichtner

"The Logic of American Politics is fantastic. In addition to covering American government thoroughly, it is unabashedly a political science textbook that gives students insight into the discipline and what it does. It doesn’t seek to tell students what to believe, instead giving them the tools to be educated citizens and consumers of political information."

Author: Carl Snook

"I like The Logic of American Politics’ focus on politics as solutions to collective action problems. The analytical framework is very effectively developed and integrated throughout. My students are often surprised to find that all of those concepts I introduce at the start of the semester hold relevance to such a wide range of political phenomena." 

Author: Jeremy Buchman

"I chose The Logic of American Politics because it’s accessible and interesting. It provides a good base for students to gain core knowledge and then dig deeper into specific elements of U.S. politics."

Author: Mark Shanahan

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