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Campaigns and Elections (Paperback, Third Edition): John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz Campaigns and Elections (Paperback, Third Edition)
John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz
R1,345 Discovery Miles 13 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Thoroughly and rigorously revised and updated through the 2016 elections, Campaigns and Elections, Third Edition, uses a consistent framework to reveal the strategies and choices that face candidates and other practitioners in the American political system.

The Not-So-Special Interests - Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (Paperback): Matt Grossmann The Not-So-Special Interests - Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (Paperback)
Matt Grossmann
R464 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R45 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Lobbyist" tends to be used as a dirty word in politics. Indeed, during the 2008 presidential primary campaign, Hillary Clinton was derided for even suggesting that some lobbyists represent "real Americans." But although many popular commentators position interest groups as representatives of special--not "public"--interests, much organized advocacy is designed to advance public interests and ideas.
Advocacy organizations--more than 1,600 of them--are now an important component of national political institutions. This book uses original data to explain why certain public groups, such as Jews, lawyers, and gun-owners, develop substantially more representation than others, and why certain organizations become the presumed spokespersons for these groups in government and media. In contrast to established theory and conventional wisdom, this book demonstrates that groups of all sizes and types generate advocates to speak on their behalf, though with varying levels of success. Matt Grossmann finds that the advantages of organized representation accrue to those public groups that are the most politically motivated and involved in their communities. Organizations that mobilize members and create a long-lasting presence in Washington become, in the minds of policymakers and reporters, the taken-for-granted surrogates for these public groups. In the face of perennial debates about the relative power of the people and the special interests, Grossmann offers an informed and nuanced view of the role of organizations in public representation and American governance.

New Directions in Interest Group Politics (Paperback, New): Matt Grossmann New Directions in Interest Group Politics (Paperback, New)
Matt Grossmann
R1,034 Discovery Miles 10 340 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Reflecting cutting edge scholarship but written for undergraduates, New Directions in Interest Group Politics will help students think critically about influence in the American political system. There is no shortage of fear about "the special interests" in American political debate, but reliable information about what interest groups do, who they represent, and how they influence government is often lacking. This volume, comprised of original essays by leading scholars, is designed to summarize and explain contemporary research that helps address popular questions and concerns, making studies accessible to undergraduate students and providing facts to butress informed debate. The book covers the mobilization of interest groups, their activities, and their influence. Each chapter briefly reviews research on a central question of scholarship before focusing on a particular empirical project designed to shed light on the topic. Rather than simply providing a descriptive overview, the chapters are designed to foster critical thinking by getting students to assess the role of interest groups in the American political system and supplying evidence of their effects. Importantly, a set of web resources associated with the book offer instructions for research and writing assignments. Students will be able to collect and analyze data on campaign finance, lobbying, and interest group involvement in governance. The eResource website includes materials for several classroom simulations, such as an interest group legislative battle, a Netroots convention, and a rule-making process. As they read about key questions in democratic government and current research trends, students can practice serving as interest group activists and conduct original research on topics that most interest them.

The Not-So-Special Interests - Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (Hardcover): Matt Grossmann The Not-So-Special Interests - Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance (Hardcover)
Matt Grossmann
R1,696 Discovery Miles 16 960 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Lobbyist tends to be used as a dirty word in politics. Indeed, during the 2008 presidential primary campaign, Hillary Clinton was derided for even suggesting that some lobbyists represent real Americans. But although many popular commentators position interest groups as representatives of specialOConot publicOCointerests, much organized advocacy is designed to advance public interests and ideas.
Advocacy organizationsOComore than 1,600 of themOCoare now an important component of national political institutions. This book uses original data to explain why certain public groups, such as Jews, lawyers, and gun-owners, develop substantially more representation than others, and why certain organizations become the presumed spokespersons for these groups in government and media. In contrast to established theory and conventional wisdom, this book demonstrates that groups of all sizes and types generate advocates to speak on their behalf, though with varying levels of success. Matt Grossmann finds that the advantages of organized representation accrue to those public groups that are the most politically motivated and involved in their communities. Organizations that mobilize members and create a long-lasting presence in Washington become, in the minds of policymakers and reporters, the taken-for-granted surrogates for these public groups. In the face of perennial debates about the relative power of the people and the special interests, Grossmann offers an informed and nuanced view of the role of organizations in public representation and American governance.

New Directions in Interest Group Politics (Electronic book text): Matt Grossmann New Directions in Interest Group Politics (Electronic book text)
Matt Grossmann
R876 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R211 (24%) Special order

Reflecting cutting edge scholarship but written for undergraduates, "New Directions in Interest Group Politics" will help students think critically about influence in the American political system. There is no shortage of fear about "the special interests" in American political debate, but reliable information about what interest groups do, who they represent, and how they influence government is often lacking. This volume, comprised of original essays by leading scholars, is designed to summarize and explain contemporary research that helps address popular questions and concerns, making studies accessible to undergraduate students and providing facts to butress informed debate.

The book covers the mobilization of interest groups, their activities, and their influence. Each chapter briefly reviews research on a central question of scholarship before focusing on a particular empirical project designed to shed light on the topic. Rather than simply providing a descriptive overview, the chapters are designed to foster critical thinking by getting students to assess the role of interest groups in the American political system and supplying evidence of their effects.

Importantly, a set of web resources associated with the book offer instructions for research and writing assignments. Students will be able to collect and analyze data on campaign finance, lobbying, and interest group involvement in governance. The eResource website includes materials for several classroom simulations, such as an interest group legislative battle, a Netroots convention, and a rule-making process. As they read about key questions in democratic government and current research trends, students can practice serving as interest group activists and conduct original research on topics that most interest them.

American Public Policymaking - Issues in Governance (Paperback): Matt Grossmann American Public Policymaking - Issues in Governance (Paperback)
Matt Grossmann
R1,335 Discovery Miles 13 350 Special order

Students frequently take a course in public policy because they are deeply interested in the controversial issues covered, from national health care and climate change to immigration reform and education. But they also often struggle to connect the policy issues they care about with the difficult theories of policymaking and the complicated mosaic of overlapping institutions and policy processes. Matt Grossmann offers a new approach by integrating the two, applying current research in political science and policy studies to the issues that motivate students. American Public Policymaking presents a concise synopsis of American institutions, the policy process, and standards of good governance, then uses these analytic tools to consider 11 important national issue domains. For each policy area Grossmann discusses a specific application of policy theory, a study of a controversial hot topic, a systematic comparison with other issue areas, and an overview of important actors, controversies, and institutions to give readers a clear sense of what factors lead to policy change. Rather than uncritically accept tired formulations of policy typologies, stages, subsystems, and frameworks, this exciting text presents updated empirical evidence on the role of politics in policymaking. Connecting the policy debates we hear about in political campaigns and news coverage with vital academic research gives us the tools to explain the course of political events and policy outcomes. Featuring a consistent format across the substantive policy discussions, each chapter will consider in depth a particular hot topic to illustrate the major players and their positions, the policy options, the role of political circumstances, and a particular theory or concept. Grossmann covers how policy development impacts current debates, where the parties and various interest groups stand on each issue, media attention, and public opinion to situate every issue within the overall political context. A number of pedagogical features aid student learning, including boxes on "Policy Analysis with an Impact," "Policy Networks," and "Policy Ideas and Interests."

Artists of the Possible - Governing Networks and American Policy since 1945 (Paperback): Matt Grossmann Artists of the Possible - Governing Networks and American Policy since 1945 (Paperback)
Matt Grossmann
R744 Discovery Miles 7 440 Special order

This book presents a new view of American policymaking, focusing on networks of actors responsible for policymaking. Policy change is not easily predictable from election results or public opinion because compromise and coalitions among individual actors make a difference in all three branches of government. The amount of government action, the issue content of policy changes, and the ideological direction of policy all depend on the joint actions of executive officials, legislators, and interest group leaders. The patterns of cooperation among policymakers and activists make each issue area and time period different from the others and undermine attempts to build an unchanging unified model of American policymaking. In Artists of the Possible, Matt Grossman undertakes a rigorous content analysis of 268 books and articles on the history of 14 different major policy areas over 60 years, compiling and integrates these findings to assess the factors that drive policymaking. His findings-which collectively uncover the 790 most significant policy enactments of the federal government and credit 1,306 specific actors for their role in policy change, along with more than 60 circumstantial factors-overturn established theories of policymaking. First, significant policy change does not follow from the issue agenda of the electorate or policymakers. Second, neither changes in public opinion nor the ideology or partisanship of government officials reliably influence the amount or content of policy change. Instead, the patterns of cooperation and compromise among political elites drive the productivity and ideological direction of policymaking. Third, the policymaking roles of public opinion, media coverage, research, and international factors are all limited. Fourth, no typology can explain differences in policymaking across issue areas because the policy process is broadly similar except for a few idiosyncratic differences associated with each issue area.

Campaigns and Elections (Paperback, 3rd Third Edition, 2018 Election Update ed.): Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz, Daron Shaw,... Campaigns and Elections (Paperback, 3rd Third Edition, 2018 Election Update ed.)
Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz, Daron Shaw, John Sides
R1,584 Discovery Miles 15 840 Special order
Artists of the Possible - Governing Networks and American Policy since 1945 (Hardcover): Matt Grossmann Artists of the Possible - Governing Networks and American Policy since 1945 (Hardcover)
Matt Grossmann
R2,175 Discovery Miles 21 750 Special order

This book presents a new view of American policymaking, focusing on networks of actors responsible for policymaking. Policy change is not easily predictable from election results or public opinion because compromise and coalitions among individual actors make a difference in all three branches of government. The amount of government action, the issue content of policy changes, and the ideological direction of policy all depend on the joint actions of executive officials, legislators, and interest group leaders. The patterns of cooperation among policymakers and activists make each issue area and time period different from the others and undermine attempts to build an unchanging unified model of American policymaking. In Artists of the Possible, Matt Grossman undertakes a rigorous content analysis of 268 books and articles on the history of 14 different major policy areas over 60 years, compiling and integrates these findings to assess the factors that drive policymaking. His findings-which collectively uncover the 790 most significant policy enactments of the federal government and credit 1,306 specific actors for their role in policy change, along with more than 60 circumstantial factors-overturn established theories of policymaking. First, significant policy change does not follow from the issue agenda of the electorate or policymakers. Second, neither changes in public opinion nor the ideology or partisanship of government officials reliably influence the amount or content of policy change. Instead, the patterns of cooperation and compromise among political elites drive the productivity and ideological direction of policymaking. Third, the policymaking roles of public opinion, media coverage, research, and international factors are all limited. Fourth, no typology can explain differences in policymaking across issue areas because the policy process is broadly similar except for a few idiosyncratic differences associated with each issue area.

New Directions in Interest Group Politics (Hardcover, New): Matt Grossmann New Directions in Interest Group Politics (Hardcover, New)
Matt Grossmann
R2,789 Discovery Miles 27 890 Special order

Reflecting cutting edge scholarship but written for undergraduates, New Directions in Interest Group Politics will help students think critically about influence in the American political system. There is no shortage of fear about "the special interests" in American political debate, but reliable information about what interest groups do, who they represent, and how they influence government is often lacking. This volume, comprised of original essays by leading scholars, is designed to summarize and explain contemporary research that helps address popular questions and concerns, making studies accessible to undergraduate students and providing facts to butress informed debate. The book covers the mobilization of interest groups, their activities, and their influence. Each chapter briefly reviews research on a central question of scholarship before focusing on a particular empirical project designed to shed light on the topic. Rather than simply providing a descriptive overview, the chapters are designed to foster critical thinking by getting students to assess the role of interest groups in the American political system and supplying evidence of their effects. Importantly, a set of web resources associated with the book offer instructions for research and writing assignments. Students will be able to collect and analyze data on campaign finance, lobbying, and interest group involvement in governance. The eResource website includes materials for several classroom simulations, such as an interest group legislative battle, a Netroots convention, and a rule-making process. As they read about key questions in democratic government and current research trends, students can practice serving as interest group activists and conduct original research on topics that most interest them.

Campaigns & Elections (Paperback, Second Edition): John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz Campaigns & Elections (Paperback, Second Edition)
John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz
R1,623 Discovery Miles 16 230 Special order

The leading book in the market-now updated through the 2014 elections-Campaigns & Elections provides a balanced and accessible approach to campaign and election coverage. Based on courses taught by the book's respected author team, the Second Edition brings an authoritative perspective and a clear, consistent framework to reveal the strategies and choices that face candidates and other participants in the American political system.

Campaigns & Elections - Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice (Paperback): John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz Campaigns & Elections - Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice (Paperback)
John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz
R1,504 Discovery Miles 15 040 Special order

This new text, written by a respected author team, makes a contemporary approach to campaigns and elections accessible and engaging. Based on the authors own courses, Campaigns & Elections uses a clear, consistent framework to help students understand the strategies and choices involved in American campaigns and elections. With coverage of elections at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels, the book s analysis balances the perspectives of political scientists and campaign practitioners."

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