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The Logic Of American Politics, 4th Edition Paperback – December 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0872896048 ISBN-10: 0872896048 Edition: 4th

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Samuel Kernell and Gary C. Jacobson are both professors of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Jacobson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 725 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 4 edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872896048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872896048
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very helpful in my political science class !!!
Carl Eric Williams
Anyway, the prose is amazing, the book is chock full of fascinating historical examples, and the exposition of ideas is logical and tidy.
Skeptikos
This book is a very easy-to-understand way of introducing oneself to the basis of our political system here in America.
Ryanlap

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AAH on October 24, 2006
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I have used this textbook in my undergraduate course in American Politics for over 5 years because it is one that encourages students to use theoretical tools to think critically and to understand how government works as well as anticipate what will happen given a set of circumstances - that is what theory is all about. The rational choice perspective is presented very clearly and I have not had a student who has not gained some greater understanding of the governmental process through their reading of this textbook. Moreover, the book is rich in historical and contemporary examples. The book is not perfect, but few textbooks meet that criteria. And it is certainly not above the heads of college undergraduates, but rather interesting enough to get them engaged, and challenging enough so that their brains grow a bit rather than having material that is dummied down for them. It does have some big words in it, but students can look them up or the teacher can explain them to them... ; )
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Skeptikos on October 2, 2007
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As an undergraduate, I find newsman's assertion that I can't grasp free rider problems insulting. It's not rocket science.

Anyway, the prose is amazing, the book is chock full of fascinating historical examples, and the exposition of ideas is logical and tidy. It doesn't even strike one as a textbook upon reading. The typical dry, textbook blandness can be found nowhere.

After my class was over, we hadn't completed the book, but it was interesting enough for me to finish it on my own -- and I'm an engineering major!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryanlap on August 22, 2010
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This book is a very easy-to-understand way of introducing oneself to the basis of our political system here in America. The layout and descriptions are captivating and keeps your interest throughout the book; which is quite a feat considering that some of these descriptions can be daunted with details and rather dry. It not only evinces the logic behind our American government but it also acknowledges the deviations and variations from our Constitution since its inception. I think this book should be required reading for all Americans.
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This book is great! The first chapter introduces you to the intuition and and logic that lay the foundation of the American political process. From prisoner's delimia, to transaction verses conformity costs, theses ideas are elaborated throughout the book and are in blue in all the chapters. The free online quizzes more than made up for the lack of quizzes in the book. (No pass code is need to access the website so don't worry about getting a used book.) I bought this book used for my own independent study before taking the American Government CLEP test. I got a 73 which I guess is equivalent to a B+ (to pass the test and get the 3 college credits, you need at least a 50 which is about the letter grade C). For disclosure purposes, this wasn't my only resource; I took a non-credit course over two years ago, I have been involved in politics, and I also got the only other CLEP recommended text book that had good reviews for not being biased or dry. I really just stuck to this book in my studying though. Anyways, if you are planning to study independently for the CLEP test or for any reason, I would recommend this book because it's like having an amazing teacher right there explaining things to you. I am so keeping this book close for future reference! I loved it so much! It's really interesting to just read too!

I have a really sensitive political correctness detector, but this book is acceptable. I wasn't sure about the authors' handling of the Father of the Constitution and one of my favorite founding fathers, James Madison, but they do complement his wisdom and and include the his Federalist Papers #10 in the appendix. They try really, really, hard to be neutral and not biased.
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If you are purchasing this book because you are interested in politics and how American government works, then this edition is the right one for the price. However, if you are purchasing this as a student of Political Science, then think again about buying the older edition. Each edition gives essentially time relative material and if the text is a few years old, then it isn't going to be very appropriate to your class, other than you will get the gist of the terms. Even in my newest edition (for the stupid expensive price of $86.00 at B&N university bookstore)states that Mitt Romney has been deemed "unelectable". The text is interesting even for a non-polysci major. Excellent job!
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