Power and Purpose
Full Twelfth Edition (with policy chapters) (See all editions)
Always authoritative. More contemporary than ever.
The text that professors trust to get students thinking analytically about American government has been extensively revised by co-author Stephen Ansolabehere and updated with new "Analyzing the Evidence" sections written by top researchers.
Revised political behavior chapters
In the Eleventh Edition, Ansolabehere deeply revised the public opinion and media chapters. In this Twelfth Edition, he brings a contemporary perspective to the parties and interest groups chapters while also extensively updating the chapter on elections, which now includes an analysis of the 2010 midterm elections.
New “Analyzing the Evidence” infographics
Bold graphics show how data and research yield important insights into politics. This popular feature, which appears in every chapter, has been redesigned for greater visual impact and clearer presentation of the data. Eight new spreads by top researchers—in addition to nine updated spreads—get students thinking analytically about contemporary topics. New PowerPoints break the infographics into segments, optimized for lecture. New infographics include:
• Measuring Ideologyon the Roberts Court, by Kevin Quinn (Berkeley) and Andrew Martin (Washington University)
• Federalism and Health Care Reform, by Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan)
• The Politics of Presidential Appointments, by David Lewis (Vanderbilt University)
• Analyzing the Post-2010 Redistricting, by Steve Ansolabehere
A consistent and effective framework
Politics is messy, complex, and contentious. How do we make sense of what seems too large and impossible to explain? Throughout the text, the authors repeatedly draw on five fundamental principles of politics:
• All political behavior has a purpose.
• Institutions structure politics.
• All politics is collective action.
• Political outcomes are the products of individual preferences and institutional procedures.
• History matters.
Full Edition Contents*
(*Core Edition contents = Chapters 1-14 only)
PART 1 FOUNDATIONS
1. Five Principles of Politics
2. Constructing a Government: The Founding and the Constitution
3. Federalism and the Separation of Powers
4. Civil Liberties
5. Civil Rights
PART 2 INSTITUTIONS
6. Congress: The First Branch
7. The Presidency as an Institution
8. The Executive Branch: Bureaucracy in a Democracy
9. The Federal Courts
PART 3 DEMOCRATIC POLITICS
10. Public Opinion
12. Political Parties
13. Groups and Interests
14. The Media
PART 4 GOVERNANCE
15. Economic Policy
16. Social Policy
17. Foreign Policy