This textbook discusses American political institutions and practices through a collective action framework that addresses foundational elements, formal institutions, public opinion, elections, parties, and interest groups. This edition has a new chapter on policy making related to health care reform, climate change, the federal budget, and other recent issues, and discussion of the impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states rights' and the Common Core State standards, the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage, the implications of the Supreme Court's Schuette decision for affirmative action, Obama's executive action on immigration, the House and Senate under a Republican majority in an environment of partisanship and polarization, the political costs of the problematic rollout of Healthcare.gov and the controversy related to the Veterans Affairs Administration, and the implications of the Republicans' 2014 election success. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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.