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Cover Image: The Logic of American Politics, 6th Edition
  • Date: 06/15/2013
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $96.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4522-7649-6
  • Pages: 845
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The Logic of American Politics, 6th Edition
Samuel Kernell, University of California, San Diego
Gary C. Jacobson, University of California, San Diego
Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego
Lynn Vavreck, University of California, Los Angeles


Think you know The Logic of American Politics? Think again.

Praised for its engaging narrative, the book hooks students with great storytelling while arming them with a toolkit of institutional design concepts. By giving them a taste of real political science in the introductory course, students recognize not only how the American political system was designed the way it was, but also understand why it works the way it does. The authors build students’ critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.

This sixth edition of this best seller continues to pay special attention to polarization as the authors consistently return to the country’s divide—among voters and in government—as they update with coverage of the 2012 elections and address such hot-button issues as health care in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and campaign finance in the post–Citizens United era. In addition, bolded key terms, a glossary, annotated reading lists, review questions, and a companion website help students read, think, study, and understand.

A new eye-catching, full-color interior showcases more than 200 carefully chosen photographs that will grab students’ attention while multicolored maps, tables, and figures make for a rich experience as students learn to analyze data.

New to this Edition:

  • New co-author Lynn Vavreck draws on her research and expertise to bring a fresh dimension to the text’s public opinion and media chapters.
  • New QR codes link students by way of their smartphones or laptops to videos, data updates, brief surveys, interactive graphics, and quizzes that provide mobility, currency, and depth to chapter content.
  • Fully updated to reflect the latest issues and events, the book covers:
    • health care in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act,
    • campaign finance in the post–Citizens United era,
    • the long-term impact of the Occupy and Tea Party movements,
    • changing demographics and the political parties,
    • public opinion a decade after 9/11 when living with terrorism has become the new normal, 
    • the Internet’s role as a supplement—not a replacement—to standard news outlets, and
    • the continuing impact of polarization on every aspect of the political system.
  • New full-color interior design bolsters the book’s engaging narrative as well as its abundant graphics and photo program.

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.
  • Online resources, including a password-protected Instructor Teaching Site and an open-access Student Study Site make teaching and learning easier.

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New to this Edition
  • New co-author Lynn Vavreck draws on her research and expertise to bring a fresh dimension to the text’s public opinion and media chapters.
  • New full-color interior design bolsters the book’s engaging narrative as well as its abundant graphics and photo program.
  • New QR codes link students by way of their smartphones or laptops to videos, data updates, brief surveys, interactive graphics, and quizzes that provide mobility, currency, and depth to chapter content.
  • The book is fully updated to reflect the latest issues and events, including:
    • health care in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act,
    • campaign finance in the post–Citizens United era,
    • the long-term impact of the Occupy and Tea Party movements,
    • changing demographics and the political parties,
    • public opinion a decade after 9/11 when living with terrorism has become the new normal,
    • the Internet’s role as a supplement—not a replacement—to standard news outlets, and
    • and the continuing impact of polarization on every aspect of the political system.
Previous Editions
5th Edition ©2011
4th Edition ©2008
3rd Edition ©2005

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Table of Contents
1. The Logic of American Politics
PART I. THE NATIONALIZATION OF POLITICS
2. The Constitution
3. Federalism
4. Civil Rights
5. Civil Liberties
PART II. THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT
6. Congress
7. The Presidency
8. The Bureaucracy
9. The Federal Judiciary
PART III. THE PUBLIC’S INFLUENCE ON NATIONAL POLICY
10. Public Opinion
11. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
12. Political Parties
13. Interest Groups
14. The News Media
PART IV. CONCLUSION
15. The Prospects for Institutional Reform
Reviews
"[The Logic of American Politics] is simply the best American government text out there. Its clear focus on collective action theory is appealing and understandable, and the text is readable and engaging." - Suzanne R. Robbins, George Mason University

“Most other textbooks for the introductory American politics course leave out either the politics or the science. The Logic of American Politics is unique in providing a thorough, current introduction to the system while also giving students a way to think critically and systematically about it. Despite the fact that it is new and abstract at the outset, students seize on the book’s collective action and institutional design framework and use it in class. This is an indication to me that the book pays off for them.” - Scott Meinke, Bucknell University

“The Logic of American Politics has a clear analytical focus, smart and thoughtful chapters that cover what I like in an intro. text, and a writing style that is engaging and accessible to students.” - Charles R. Shipan, University of Michigan
Bio(s)
Samuel Kernell, University of California, San Diego

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 and served as a Senior Fells at the Brookings Institution. Kernell’s research interests focus on the presidency and American political history. His books include Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership, 4th edition, Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 4th edition (edited with Steven S. Smith), an edited collection of essays, James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government, and Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Manufactured Responsiveness: The Transformation of America's Nineteenth Century Electoral Institutions (with Erik J. Engstrom) will be published in 2014.



Gary C. Jacobson, University of California, San Diego

Gary C. Jacobson is distinguished professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where he has taught since 1979. He previously taught at Trinity College, the University of California at Riverside, Yale University, and Stanford University. Jacobson specializes in the study of U.S. elections, parties, interest groups, and Congress. He is the author of Money in Congressional Elections, The Politics of Congressional Elections, 8th edition, The Electoral Origins of Dividend Government: Competition in the U.S.House Elections, 1946-1988, and A Divider, Not a Uniter: George W. Bush and the American People, 2nd edition, and is coauthor with Samuel Kernell of Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections, 2nd edition. Jacobson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego

Thad Kousser is associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego (USCD) and director of the California Constitutional Reform Project at Stanford University’s The Bill Lane Center for the American West. He has served as a legislative aide in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. He is the author of Term Limits and the Dismantling of State Legislative Professionalism, which won the APSA Legislative Studies Section’s Alan Rosenthal Prize, and the co-editor of The New Political Geography of California, 10th edition. He has been awarded the UCSD Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and serves as co-editor of the State Politics and Policy Quarterly journal.



Lynn Vavreck, University of California, Los Angeles
Lynn Vavreck is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she has taught since 2001. She previously taught at Dartmouth College and held a research position at Princeton University. Before returning to the academy, Vavreck worked in the White House and on presidential campaigns. Her research focuses mainly on the effects of campaign messaging and specifically on the impact of political advertising. She is the author of The Message Matters: The Economy and Presidential Campaigns and co-author of Campaign Reform: Insights and Evidence and The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Election. Her political commentary can be read in The New York Times and on broadcast outlets like MSNBC, CNN, and NPR. She serves on advisory boards for the American National Election Study and the British Election Study and has twice consulted for venture-funded start-ups interested in improving the measurement of advertising and public attitudes through innovations in technology.
Ancillaries

QR Codes: New feature offers enhanced interactivity and currency!

New QR codes link students by way of their smartphones or laptops to videos, data updates, brief surveys, interactive graphics, and quizzes that provide mobility, currency, and depth to chapter content.

Online Resources: logic.cqpress.com

Password-protected INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES you’ll actually use!
Save time, ease class preparation, add quality multimedia, and give your TAs the additional guidance and tools they want, including:

  • Author Videos featuring interviews with noted political scientists and covering hot topics to provide students with expert insight they can’t get anywhere else.
  • A Test Bank with more than 900 questions.
  • TA Guide with chapter-by-chapter “how-to” for effectively running section discussion.
  • Downloadable Graphics and PowerPoint Slides with key concepts and instructor notes.

Open-access STUDENT RESOURCES put knowledge to the test, featuring:

  • Logic of the News in blog format with recent news stories.
  • Study Tools with chapter summaries, objectives, and review questions, as well as eFlashcards and self-quizzes.
  • Skill Builder with interactive exercises.
  • Annotated Web Resources  

Instructors, sign in at college.cqpress.com/instructors-resources/logic

Sample Pages

The Logic of American Politics, 6e + Electronic Version
Kernell, Jacobson, Kousser, Vavreck
ISBN: 978-1-4833-0322-2, Shrinkwrapped Package, $96

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Kernell, Jacobson, Kousser, Vavreck, McCutcheon
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Kernell, Jacobson, Kousser, Vavreck, Smith
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Kernell, Jacobson, Kousser, Vavreck, Ellis, Nelson
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The Logic of American Politics, 6e + Lone Star Politics, 3e
Kernell, Jacobson, Kousser, Vavreck, Collier, Galatas, Harrelson-Stephens
ISBN: 978-1-4522-9079-9, Shrinkwrapped Package, $141

The Logic of American Politics, 6e + California Politics, 3e
Kernell, Jacobson, Kousser, Vavreck, Van Vechten
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