Congress: The Electoral Connection, Second Edition

Douglas arnold discusses why the book revolutionized the study of Congress and how it has stood the test of time. In this second edition to a book that has now achieved canonical status, David R. Yale University Press. The book also contains a new preface by the author. Mayhew argues that the principal motivation of legislators is reelection and that the pursuit of this goal affects the way they behave and the way that they make public policy.

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Congress and Its Members

Davidson, Walter J. Always balancing great scholarship with currency, charts, the best-seller features lively case material along with relevant data, exhibits, maps, and photos. Oleszek, Frances E. The gold standard for congress courses for over 30 years Congress and Its Members, Sixteenth Edition, by Roger H.

The sixteenth edition of this best-selling text considers the 2016 elections and discusses the agenda of the new Congress, campaign finance, White House–Capitol Hill relations, public attitudes about Congress, and partisan polarization, lobbying, rules, as well as covering changes to budgeting, reapportionment, judicial appointments, party and committee leadership changes, and procedures.

Lee, offers readers current, and eric schickler, comprehensive coverage of Congress and the legislative process by examining the tension between Congress as a lawmaking institution and as a collection of politicians constantly seeking re-election.


Tell Newt to Shut Up: Prize-Winning Washington Post Journalists Reveal How Reality Gagged the Gingrich Revolution

The year that followed was one of the most fascinating and tumultuous in modern American history. Here is an unprecedented, fly-on-the-wall look at the successes, sellouts, and perhaps fatal mistakes of Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution. After stunning early success with the contract with America, the Republicans began to lose momentum; by year's end Gingrich was isolated and uncertain, and his closest allies were telling him to shut up.

Based on the award-winning washington post series that documented the Republicans' day-to-day attempts to revolutionize the American government, "Tell Newt to Shut Up!" gets to the heart of the political process. Prizewinning washington post journalists reveal how reality gagged the gingrich revolution speaker newt gingrich and his troops promised a revolution when they seized power in January 1995.

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Why Parties?: A Second Look Chicago Studies in American Politics

In the interim, the party system has undergone some radical changes. Finally, why parties? a second look offers a fuller consideration of party systems in general, especially the two-party system in the United States, and explains why this system is necessary for effective democracy. Since its first appearance fifteen years ago, Why Parties? has become essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the nature of American political parties.

In this landmark book, now rewritten for the new millennium, John H. Surveying critical episodes in the development of american political parties—from their formation in the 1790s to the Civil War—Aldrich shows how they serve to combat three fundamental problems of democracy: how to regulate the number of people seeking public office, how to mobilize voters, and how to achieve and maintain the majorities needed to accomplish goals once in office.

Aldrich goes beyond the clamor of arguments over whether American political parties are in resurgence or decline and undertakes a wholesale reexamination of the foundations of the American party system. Aldrich brings this innovative account up to the present by looking at the profound changes in the character of political parties since World War II, and what those changes accomplish, especially in light of ongoing contemporary transformations, including the rise of the Republican Party in the South, such as the Obama Health Care plan.

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Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.S. Lawmaking

Meticulously researched and anchored to real politics, Krehbiel argues that the pivotal vote on a piece of legislation is not the one that gives a bill a simple majority, but the vote that allows its supporters to override a possible presidential veto or to put a halt to a filibuster. Offering an incisive account of when gridlock is overcome and showing that political parties are less important in legislative-executive politics than previously thought, Pivotal Politics remakes our understanding of American lawmaking.

Not so, argues keith krehbiel, who advances the provocative theory that divided government actually has little effect on legislative productivity. This theory of pivots also explains why, when bills are passed, winning coalitions usually are bipartisan and supermajority sized. Gridlock is in fact the order of the day, occurring even when the same party controls the legislative and executive branches.

Politicians and pundits alike have complained that the divided governments of the last decades have led to legislative gridlock.


The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology

House, senate and Presidential elections. Particularly perplexing characteristics of public opinion are also examined, such as the high degree of random fluctuations in political attitudes observed in opinion surveys and the changes in attitudes due to minor changes in the wording of survey questions. In this book john zaller develops a comprehensive theory to explain how people acquire political information from the mass media and convert it into political preferences.

Using numerous specific examples, trust in government, including both domestic and foreign policy, racial equality, and presidential approval, Zaller applies this theory in order to explain the dynamics of public opinion on a broad range of subjects, as well as voting behavior in U. S. Used book in Good Condition.

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Home Style : House Members in Their Districts

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Congress Reconsidered

Used book in Good Condition. This new edition also ends with a capstone chapter on the milestone 2016 elections. Cq press. Oppenheimer have delivered the best contemporary work from leading congressional scholars in a form that is both analytical and accessible. Dodd and Bruce I. Some of the most noted names in congressional studies address topics from broad dynamics affecting the institution, elections and constituencies, inter-branch relations, parties and internal organization, and policymaking.

For almost four decades, the editors of Congress Reconsidered, Lawrence C. The tradition continues in this Eleventh Edition as contributing authors focus on the many ways Congress has changed over time and examine the conditions that foster these developments. Simply put, this bestselling volume remains on the cutting edge of scholarship, identifying patterns of change in Congress and placing those patterns in context.

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Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership from Roosevelt to Reagan

Thirty years ago richard neustadt published Presidential Power, which became a widely studied book on the theory and practice of presidential leadership. Cq press. Used book in Good Condition. Kennedy, richard nixon, lyndon johnson, jimmy carter, and Ronald Reagan in the light of his guiding belief that the President must consider the effect a decision will have on his prospects for the successful exercise of presidential power in the future.

To the original study of presidential power, Neustadt has added a series of chapters appraising the presidential styles and skills of John F. Now richard neustadt re-examines the theory of presidential power by testing it against events and decisions in the administrations of the later modern presidents who followed FDR, Truman and Eisenhower.

Presidents themselves read it and assign it to their staff for study, as did the intructors of hundreds of thousands of students of government.


The Politics of Congressional Elections

Carson of the university of georgia, Congress, brings to bear new insights into the changing roles of voters, political parties, and the media. Gary jacobson’s classic text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to congressional elections and the electoral process. Used book in Good Condition.

Cq press. Based on the latest data from the national election study, the cooperative Congressional Elections Study, and the Federal Election Commission, the Ninth Edition has been brought completely up to date, including coverage and analysis of the 2012 and 2014 elections. Rowman Littlefield Pub Inc. New coauthor, Professor Jamie L.

Pairing historical data analysis and original research with fundamental concepts of representation and responsibility, The Politics of Congressional Elections presents students with the tools to evaluate representative government, as well as their own role in the electoral process.


The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, Second Printing with a New Preface and Appendix Harvard Economic Studies

This book develops an original theory of group and organizational behavior that cuts across disciplinary lines and illustrates the theory with empirical and historical studies of particular organizations. Cq press. Used book in Good Condition. This is not true of smaller organizations for, as this book shows, small and large organizations support themselves in entirely different ways.

. Applying economic analysis to the subjects of the political scientist, and economist, sociologist, Mancur Olson examines the extent to which the individuals that share a common interest find it in their individual interest to bear the costs of the organizational effort. The theory shows that most organizations produce what the economist calls “public goods”―goods or services that are available to every member, whether or not he has borne any of the costs of providing them.

It follows that, just as governments require compulsory taxation, many large private organizations require special and sometimes coercive devices to obtain the resources they need. The theory indicates that, they will tend to devote too few resources to the satisfaction of their common interests, though small groups can act to further their interest much more easily than large ones, and that there is a surprising tendency for the “lesser” members of the small group to exploit the “greater” members by making them bear a disproportionate share of the burden of any group action.

All of the theory in the book is in chapter 1; the remaining chapters contain empirical and historical evidence of the theory’s relevance to labor unions, pressure groups, corporations, and Marxian class action. Harvard University Press. Rowman Littlefield Pub Inc.