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Analyzing Politics

Analyzing Politics - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393971071

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ISBN13: 978-0393971071
ISBN10: 0393971074
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1997
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Analyzing Politics - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393971071

Kenneth A. Shepsle

ISBN13: 978-0393971071
ISBN10: 0393971074
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Analyzing Politics provides a clear, thorough, and jargon-free introduction to rational choice theory. Through case studies, illustrations, and examples, Shepsle and Bonchek provide students with the means to analyze a wide variety of situations. The text is also supported by a web site.

Author Bio

Shepsle, Kenneth A. : Harvard University

Kenneth A. Shepsle is professor and chair of Harvard University's Department of Government. A leading scholar in rational choice theory, Professor Shepsle has written many articles and books on the subject including Positive Theories of Congressional Institutions, Models of Multiparty Electoral Competition, Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Government, and Making and Breaking Governments.

Bonchek, Mark S. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark S. Bonchek is a Ph.D. candidate in political economy and government at Harvard University and director of the Political Participation Project, a nonpartisan research initiative affiliated with the Intelligent Information Infrastructure Project in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1. It Isn't Rocket Science, But . . .
2. Rationality: The Model of Choice

Part II Group Choice

3. Getting Started on Group Choice Analysis
4. Group Choice and Majority Rule
5. Spatial Models of Majority Rule
6. Strategic Behavior
7. Voting Methods and Electoral Systems

Part III Cooperation, Collective Action, and Public Goods

8. Cooperation
9. Collective Action
10. Public Goods, Externalities, and the Commons

Part IV Institutions

11. Institutions: General Remarks
12. Legislatures
13. Bureaucracy and Intergovernmental Relations
14. Leadership
15. Courts and Judges
16. Cabinet Government and Parliamentary Democracy
17. Final Lessons

Case Studies:

Case 2.1 Governor Weld's Electoral Options
Case 4.1 Civil War Taxes, Great Depression Taxes, 1980s Tax Reform
Case 4.2 Legislative Intent
Case 5.1 Sunset Provisions and Zero-Based Budgeting
Case 5.2 The Importance of Compromise and Strategic Thinking
Case 6.1 "Need-Blind" College Admissions
Case 6.2 Congressional Pay Raise Dilemmas
Case 6.3 Presidential Veto Stories
Case 6.4 Aid to Education and the Powell Amendment
Case 6.5 Not Wasting One's Vote
Case 8.1 The Paradox of Cooperation: Nuclear Disarmament in the Cold War and Congressional Pork-Barreling
Case 9.1 Who Is Represented?
Case 9.2 The Large and the Small
Case 9.3 What Does the Evidence Say?
Case 10.1 Public Goods, Property Rights, and the Radio Spectrum
Case 10.2 Fishing and the Tragedy of the Commons
Case 12.1 Campaign Contributions
Case 12.2 Interest-Group
Case 13.1 Congressional Oversight: Police Patrols, Fire Alarms, and Fire Extinguishers
Case 13.2 How to Test Niskanen?
Case 14.1 FDR and World War II
Case 14.2 Only Nixon Could Go to China
Case 15.1 The Best Judges Money Can Buy?
Case 15.2 Legislators in Robes Revisited

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