American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 7th Edition

  • Allan J. Cigler University of Kansas
  • Burdett A. Loomis University of Kansas
  • ISBN-10: 0618802894  |  ISBN-13: 9780618802890
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2002, 1999
  • © 2008 | Published
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American Politics is designed for professors who wish to supplement their main American Government text with a comprehensive reader. Cigler and Loomis offer a broad selection of classic and current selections--both historical source documents and critical journalistic writings--accompanied by useful analytical essays on current political issues.

Features and Benefits

  • Policy-oriented selections integrated throughout the text add balance.
  • Extensive pedagogy includes clarifying introductions that make the most difficult texts (e.g. the court cases) more accessible; discussion questions that help students focus on the main themes of the selections; and annotations that explain unfamiliar terms and concepts.
  • Brief opening essays prefacing each chapter promote critical-reading and -thinking skills, and guide students in annotating and using the text's material.
  • Topic correlation chart allows students and instructors to quickly locate relevant readings for all subjects covered in the text.

Table of Contents

I. Constitutional Foundations
1. The Constitution and Founding
1.1 Jack N. Rakove, A Tradition Born of Strife
1.2 Richard Hofstadter, The Founding Fathers: An Age of Realism
1.3 John P. Roche, The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action
1.4 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 51
2. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
2.1 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 39
2.2 McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
2.3 Jonathan Walters and Donald Kettl, The Katrina Breakdown
2.4 Robert Gordon, The Federalism Debate: Why the Idea of National Education Standards Is Crossing Party Lines
3. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
3.1 Near v. Minnesota (1931)
3.2 Fred Friendly, From the Saturday Press to the New York Times
3.3 Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
3.4 Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
3.5 Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (2003)
3.6 Stuart Taylor Jr., Rights, Liberties, and Security: Recalibrating the Balance After September 11
3.7 Brown v. Board of Education (1954; 1955)
3.8 Gerald Rosenberg, Substituting Symbol for Substance: What Did Brown Really Accomplish?
3.9 Peter H. Schuck, Affirmative Action: Don''t Mend It or End It--Bend It
3.10 Joint Statement of Constitutional Law Scholars, Reaffirming Diversity: A Legal Analysis of the University of Michigan Affirmative Action Cases
II. People and Politics
4. Public Opinion
4.1 Larry M. Bartels, Is "Popular Rule" Possible?
4.2 Michael W. Traugott, Can We Trust the Polls?
4.3 John Mueller, The Iraq Syndrome
5. Participation and Civic Engagement
5.1 Micah L. Sifry, Finding the Lost Voters
5.2 Michael Schudson, Voting Rites: Why We Need a New Concept of Citizenship
5.3 Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone: America''s Declining Social Capital
5.4 Scott Keeter, Politics and the "DotNet" Generation
6. Political Parties
6.1 John H. Aldrich, The Case for the Importance of Political Parties
6.2 Paul Allen Beck, A Tale of Two Electorates: The Changing American Party Coalitions, 1952-2000
6.3 Pietro S. Nivola, Thinking About Political Polarization
7. Campaigns and Elections
7.1 William G. Mayer, Race for the Nomination: In Search of Reform
7.2 McConnell v. The Federal Election Commission (2003)
7.3 David Mark, Attack Ads Are Good for You
8. The Mass Media
8.1 Joshua Meyrowitz, Lowering the Political Hero to Our Level
8.2 Scott L. Althaus, American News Consumption During Times of National Crisis
8.3 Steven Kull, The Press and Misperceptions About the Iraq War
9. Interest Groups
9.1 James Madison, The Federalist, No. 10
9.2 Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, Lobbyists--Why the Bad Rap?
9.3 Theda Skocpol, Associations Without Members
9.4 Jim Drinkard, Drugmakers Go Furthest to Sway Congress
III. Institutions
10. Congress
10.1 Richard F. Fenno Jr., If, As Ralph Nader Says, Congress Is "the Broken Branch," How Come We Love Our Congressmen So Much?
10.2 Kenneth A. Shepsle, The Changing Textbook Congress
10.3 Barbara Sinclair, The New World of U.S. Senators
10.4 Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein, The Broken Branch
10.5 Evan Thomas, Where the Republicans Went Astray
11. The Presidency
11.1 Richard E. Neustadt, The Power to Persuade
11.2 Robert A. Dahl, Myth of the Presidential Mandate
11.3 Gene Healy and Timothy Lynch, Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush
12. Bureaucracy
12.1 E. J. Dionne Jr., "Political Hacks" versus "Bureaucrats": Can''t Public Servants Get Some Respect?
12.2 James Q. Wilson, Constraints on Public Managers
12.3 Charles Peters, From Ouagadougou to Cape Canaveral: Why the Bad News Doesn''t Travel Up
12.4 Paul C. Light, The True Size of Government
13. The Supreme Court
13.1 Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 78
13.2 Marbury v. Madison (1803)
13.3 Richard A. Posner, What Am I? A Potted Plant?
13.4 David Cole, The "Kennedy Court"
IV. Public Policy
14. Policymaking
14.1 Deborah Stone, Stories
14.2 Pietro S. Nivola, Regulation: The New Pork Barrel
14.3 Eric Cohen, The Politics and Realities of Medicare
14.4 Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
14.5 Paul Pillar, Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq

What's New

  • New! More than one third of readings in the Seventh Edition are new, with particular emphasis on new developments related to campaigns and elections, Congress, Iraq and other policy debates.
  • New! This edition includes coverage of the 2006 midterm elections; increased emphasis on the partisan, polarized politics of Washington, D.C.; as well as the electorate's tendencies toward polarization and whether this reflects "culture war" divisions.
  • New! Compelling coverage of contemporary issues includes concerns raised by the government response to Hurricane Katrina, with a discussion of race and federalism; and emerging constitutional law cases that challenge the government's policies regarding national security and individual rights in the post-9/11 world.
  • New! This edition features increased emphasis on the participation patterns of youth (including voter turnout, attention to politics, and media exposure patterns) as well as more in-depth discussion of the relationship between money and politics.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Allan J. Cigler

Allan Cigler is a well-known scholar whose areas of interest include political parties and electoral behavior. He teaches at the University of Kansas and is the series editor of the Houghton Mifflin New Directions in Political Behavior series.

Burdett A. Loomis

Burdett A. Loomis is a professor of political science at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. form the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1974, served as an American Political Science Congressional Fellow in 1975-1976, and has taught at the University of Kansas since 1979. He has written on a variety of topics, including Congress, interest groups, state legislatures, and public policy. In 1984, Loomis directed the Congressional Management Project, which produced the first of many editions of SETTING COURSE: A CONGRESSIONAL MANAGEMENT GUIDE. Aside from teaching courses on congressional politics, interest groups, and policy making, since 1983 Loomis has directed public internship programs in Washington and Topeka. He currently serves as chair of the political science department and Interim Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute for Public Service and Public Policy at the University of Kansas.