Synopses & Reviews
introduces students to the political science behind the information in their textbook. In addition to foundational documents and classic works that have shaped the field of American politics, Ken Kollman presents recent scholarship and readings that analyze current issues.
The publisher of this book offers it for $5.00 when packaged with anyNorton American Government textbook; it is designed to offer selected central readings in US politics to undergraduate students.This is the third edition. The selections begin with John Locke and end with Robert Kagan. The readings are designed to introducestudents to fundamental ideas in political science and US politics; provide specific insights into how US institutions and the variousbranches of government work; spur discussion on controversial topics such as immigration, gay rights, campaign finance, and foreignpolicy; improve students' ability to read and understand government documents, such as Supreme Court cases. The book begins with aFundamentals section that grounds the readings in four ideas: the problem of individual liberty in a society where a government makeslaws; the problem of collective action to achieve goals; the problem of distributing scarce resources for the collective good; delegationproblems in a democracy too large to function through direct participation in all decisions by everyone involved.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A contemporary reader with an analytical approach to American politics.
About the Author
Ken Kollman is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research and teaching focus on political parties, elections, lobbying, and federal systems. He also regularly teaches the introductory American politics course at the University of Michigan. In addition to numerous articles, he has written The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States (with Pradeep Chhibber), and Outside Lobbying: Public Opinion and Interest Group Strategies.