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 of this best seller 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. 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.
Robust pedagogical features strengthen the text's analytical approach: boxed features, maps, tables, and figures make for a rich experience as students learn to analyze data; new learning objectives throughout the text provide measurable takeaways; and more than 200 carefully chosen photographs grab students' attention. In addition, the SAGE edge companion site provides carefully crafted tools and resources that encourage review, practice, and critical thinking, giving students access to personalized learning tools to master course content.
NEW TO THIS EDITION: Learning objectives provide measurable takeaways for each chapter. Streamlined content delivers a tighter focus on what matters most. New policy chapter: A brand new concluding chapter examines the noticeable logic of American politics and applies the book's core concepts to illustrate the logic of policymaking in health care reform, global climate change, and more. SAGE edge online resources offer a robust online environment designed to customize and enhance your students' learning experience. Carefully crafted tools and resources encourage review, practice, and critical thinking, giving students access to personalized learning tools to master course content. Updated throughout to reflect
?the impact of the Affordable Care Act's implementation, including the politics of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare;
?states' rights and the battle over Common Core standards in education;
?increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states;
?the implications of the Supreme Court's Schuette decision on affirmative action;
?debate over Obama's executive action on immigration;
?the outlook of a House and Senate united under a Republican majority in an environment of continued partisanship and polarization;
?the political costs of poor policy implementation with the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and the controversy surrounding the Veterans Affairs Administration;
?the further entrenchment of partisanship in the aftermath of the 2014 midterm election; and
?how, two years after the Democratic shellacking in 2010, President Barack Obama won reelection to the White Houseand two years later, his party lost again in midterm elections. Did the Republican Party reinvent itself between 2012 and 2014 or were these changes in congressional seats expected? Is this the beginning of a great Republican realignment or will Democrats emerge as strong in 2016 as they were in 2008 and 2012?
KEY FEATURES: Chapter-opening vignettes draw in students while effectively pointing to a chapter's main themes. Blue text is used to highlight passages that apply collective action and institutional design themes to help reinforce analytic points. A set of feature boxes strengthen the book's analytic approach:
?Logic of Politics boxes examine the design of various political institutions in light of the objectives they were intended to achieve.
?Strategy and Choice boxes show how officeholders and those seeking to influence them employ institutions to advance their goals.
?Politics to Policy boxes highlight how public policies reflect the institutions that produce them and evaluate institutional capacity to solve the nation's problems.