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Chapter 1. Designing Institutions from The Logic of Collective Action - Mancur Olson, Jr. The Tragedy of the Commons - Garrett Hardin Chapter 2. The Constitutional Framework Anti-Federalist No. 3 - Brutus Federalist No. 10 - James Madison Federalist No. 51 - James Madison from Reassessing James Madison's Political Science - Samuel Kernell Chapter 3. Federalism Federalism: Sorting Out Who Does What - Donald F. Kettl A Separate Peace - Jonathan Rauch How America's `Devolution Revolution' Reshaped its Federalism - Thad Kousser Chapter 4. Civil Rights Schuette v. Bamn - Supreme Court of the United States from "New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?" - Justin Levitt Chapter 5. Civil Liberties from Republic 2.0 - Cass Sunstein Roe v. Wade - Supreme Court of the United States The Real World of Constitutional Rights: The Supreme Court and The Implementation of the Abortion Decisions - Gerald N. Rosenberg Chapter 6. Congress Congress, The Troubled Institution - Steven S. Smith The Politics of Legislative Stalemate - Sarah A. Binder Congressional Committees in a Continuing Partisan Era - John H. Aldrich and David W. Rohde Chapter 7. The Presidency from Presidential Power and Modern Presidents - Richard E. Neustadt from The Politics of Presidential Appointments - David E. Lewis from Going Public - Samuel Kernell Chapter 8. The Bureaucracy The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure - Terry M. Moe Chapter 9. The Judiciary from A Matter of Interpretation - Antonin Scalia from Active Liberty - Stephen Breyer Federalist No. 78 - Alexander Hamilton Selecting Justice: The Ideology of Federal Judges Appointed by President Barack Obama - Robert A. Carp and Kenneth L. Manning Chapter 10. Public Opinion Analyzing and Interpreting Polls - Herbert Asher A Simple Theory of the Survey Response: Answering Questions versus Revealing Preferences - John Zaller and Stanley Feldman from Culture War? The Myth of Polarized America - Morris P. Fiorina The Polarized Electorate - Alan Abramowitz Chapter 11. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections from The Reasoning Voter - Samuel L. Popkin No Compromise: The Electoral Origins of Legislative Gridlock - Gary C. Jacobson America's Ignorant Voters - Michael Schudson Want a Better Forecast? Measure the Campaign, Not Just the Economy - Lynn Vavreck Chapter 12. Political Parties from Why Parties? - John Aldrich Partisanship and Voting Behavior, 1952-1996 - Larry M. Bartels Parties as a Problem Solver - Morris P. Fiorina Chapter 13. Interest Groups The Scope and Bias of the Pressure System - E.E. Schattschneider Issue Advertising and Legislative Advocacy in Health Politics - Richard L. Hall and Richard Anderson Gridlock Lobbying: Breaking, Creating, and Maintaining Legislative Stalemate - Jennifer Nicoll Victor Chapter 14. News Media The Market and the Media - James T. Hamilton Red Media, Blue Media: Evidence of Ideological Selectivity in Media Use - Shanto Iyengar and Kyu S. Hahn

About the Author

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. Steven S. Smith is professor of political science and director of the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and George Washington University and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research interests include American politics, congressional politics, Russian politics, positive theories of politics, and theories of institutional development. He is author or coauthor of Politics or Principle: Filibustering in the United States (1997), Committees in Congress, 3rd edition (1997), The American Congress (2005), Call to Order: Floor Politics in the House and Senate (1989), Managing Uncertainty in the House of Representatives (1988), and The Politics of Institutional Choice: The Formation of the Russian State Duma (2000).


"I love Kernell and Smith. It helps me to connect the things that political scientists have to say about politics with what students think they know about politics." -- Marc Hetherington
"The best thing about Principles and Practice is that it provides key excerpts from some of the most important political science articles in American politics. A ten-page reading is much more productive for students than the entire article, especially for undergrads." -- Aaron King, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
"I use Principles and Practice as a reader to stimulate discussion and encourage students to wrestle with some of the fundamental debates about how the political process works. I also like to use it as a way to introduce students to empirical approaches to answering questions about American government." -- David Doherty
"I am pleased with Principles and Practice in American Politics, and my students are as well. It has lots of different options per topic and does a good job of blending contemporary pieces with classics." -- Logan Dancey

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