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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $84.00
  • Forthcoming: February 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-67528-3
  • 800 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The American Political System

Third Edition, 2018 Election Update


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Ken Kollman (Author, University of Michigan)


A contemporary framework without the fluff, updated through the 2018 elections

Unlike texts that overwhelm with irrelevant details, Kollman gives students a simple framework, consistently applied: politics is about collective dilemmas and the institutions that solve them. How can 535 members of Congress get anything done? The committee system. How can the president change immigration policy? Executive orders. How do we get people to the polls? Voter mobilization strategies. Kollman’s concise text gets to the conceptual heart of political science.


Concise explanations and consistent focus on core concepts

Kollman’s chapters are organized around the real-world puzzles that draw scholars and students alike to study American politics. The focus throughout is on the big questions in political science. A new “Data Explorations” feature analyzes a key piece of contemporary data that helps answer the chapter puzzle. Instructors can assign each exploration using short-answer questions in the coursepack.

Explores American politics as a series of dilemmas

To understand American politics, students must understand collective dilemmas and how institutions are designed to solve them. Kollman uses the collective dilemmas/institutions framework, contemporary research findings, and illustrative cases to teach students how to think about politics. Reconceived and expanded “Applying the Framework: Interests, Institutions, and Outcomes” boxes provide additional examples of how political science and the collective dilemmas/institutions framework can help students understand real-world trends and events.

Media Package for in class and online

The American Political System media package is designed to help professors get their courses up to speed quickly. A new version of the test bank, including assessment related to the 2018 elections, has been added to a revised and updated version of the original Third Edition test bank. In addition to lecture PowerPoint slides and slides of all the art and figures in the text, newly updated through the 2018 elections, Norton offers Supplementary Data PowerPoint slides, which include approximately 50 data figures and tables not found in the text. The coursepack also includes researcher videos, quizzes, data exploration questions, and more.

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 The Constitution

    Chapter 3 Federalism

    Chapter 4 Civil Rights and Liberties

    Chapter 5 Congress

    Chapter 6 The Presidency

    Chapter 7 The Bureaucracy

    Chapter 8 The Judiciary

    Chapter 9 Public Opinion

    Chapter 10 Political Participation

    Chapter 11 Interest Groups and Social Movements

    Chapter 12 Political Parties

    Chapter 13 Elections and Campaigns

    Chapter 14 Mass Media and the Press

    Chapter 15 Economic Policy

    Chapter 16 Social Policy

    Chapter 17 Foreign Policy