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  • Financing the 2012 Electionby David B. Magleby

    Brookings Institution Press 2014; US$ 40.00

    The amount of money flowing through U.S. politics continues to astound. "While not all expenditures are reported," writes David Magleby, "our best estimate is that at least $8 billion was spent in the 2012 federal elections." In this essential volume, the latest in a quadrennial series dating back to 1960, Magleby and his colleagues reveal where all... more...

  • The Democratic Party: Documents Decodedby Douglas Harris; Lonce Bailey

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 79.00

    Through an examination of key historical documents, this book chronicles the Democratic Party's complete transformation from the small-government, Jeffersonian party to a party of activist government and social progressivism during the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. more...

  • Size and Local Democracyby S. A. H. Denters; M. J. F. Goldsmith; A. Ladner

    Edward Elgar Publishing 2014; US$ 40.00

    How large should local governments be, and what are the implications of changing the scale of local governments for the quality of local democracy? These questions have stood at the centre of debates among scholars and public sector reformers alike from antiquity to the present. This monograph offers the first systematic cross-national investigation... more...

  • Working Congressby Robert Mann

    LSU Press 2014; US$ 11.99

    In 1964, as the polarizing Civil Rights Act made its way through the House and Senate, and Congress navigated one of the most tumultuous eras in American history, a Harris Poll put the institution's approval rating at 60 percent. Why then, fifty years later, has the public's approval of Congress eroded to an all-time low of 10 percent? Working Congress:... more...

  • Political Parties and the Stateby Martin Shefter

    Princeton University Press 1993; US$ 55.00

    This book collects a number of Martin Shefter's most important articles on political parties. They address three questions: Under what conditions will strong party organizations emerge? What influences the character of parties--in particular, their reliance on patronage? In what circumstances will the parties that formerly dominated politics in a... more...

  • The Emerging Republican Majorityby Kevin P. Phillips; Sean Wilentz; Kevin P. Phillips

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    One of the most important and controversial books in modern American politics, The Emerging Republican Majority (1969) explained how Richard Nixon won the White House in 1968?and why the Republicans would go on to dominate presidential politics for the next quarter century. Rightly or wrongly, the book has widely been seen as a blueprint for how... more...

  • The Impression of Influenceby Justin Grimmer; Sean J. Westwood; Solomon Messing

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Constituents often fail to hold their representatives accountable for federal spending decisions?even though those very choices have a pervasive influence on American life. Why does this happen? Breaking new ground in the study of representation, The Impression of Influence demonstrates how legislators skillfully inform constituents with strategic... more...

  • Saving Congress from Itselfby James L Buckley

    Encounter Books 2014; US$ 19.99

    Saving Congress from Itself proposes a single reform: eliminate all federal grants-in-aid to state and local governments. This action would reduce federal spending by over $600 billion a year and have a profound effect on how we govern ourselves. The proliferation of federal grants-in-aid programs is of recent vintage: only about 100 such grants... more...

  • Selling Our Death Masksby Yesenia Barragan

    John Hunt Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    Are we pawning our golden immortality for a fistful of cash? more...

  • The Growth of American Governmentby Ballard C. Campbell

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 31.99

    American government evolved over the generations since the mid-nineteenth century. The changing character of these institutions is a critical part of the history of the United States. This engaging survey focuses on the evolution of public policy and its relationship to the constitutional and political structure of government at the federal, state,... more...