American Government: Power and Purpose , Core 11th Edition by Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle,

By Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Stephen Ansolabehere

The most sensible textual content for instructing scholars to imagine analytically approximately American politics.

during this significant revision, new co-author Stephen Ansolabehere sharpens the modern analytical point of view within the political habit chapters, and a brand new primer on “Analyzing proof” in bankruptcy 1 units the level for sections in each bankruptcy that spotlight the political technology in the back of the findings suggested within the textual content. through the booklet, the authors have built-in the preferred 5 rules of Politics framework extra deeply into each one chapter’s analysis.

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If decisiveness characterizes what it takes to win, then agenda power describes who determines what will be taken up for consideration in the first place. Those who exercise some form of agenda power are said to engage in gatekeeping. They determine which alternatives may pass through the gate onto the institution’s agenda and which alternatives will have the gate slammed in their face. Gatekeeping, in other words, consists of the power to make proposals and the power to block proposals from being made.

A public good is a benefit that others cannot be denied from enjoying, once it has been provided. Once the meadow is mosquito free, it will constitute a benefit to all the members of the group, even those who have not contributed to its provision. More generally, a public good is one that can be “consumed” by individuals without using it up, and for which there are no means at hand to exclude individuals easily. A classic example is a lighthouse. Once it is erected, it aids all ships, and there is no simple way to charge a ship for its use.

Elections and electoral politics are thus premised on instrumental behavior by politicians. 3 Elected politicians, in this view, base their behavior on the goal of maximizing votes at the next election, or maximizing their probability of winning. 5 But what about political actors who are not elected? What do they want? Consider a few examples:  t "HFODZIFBETBOECVSFBVDIJFGT
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