The Logic of American Politics

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for The Logic of American Politics, Ninth Edition!

Why does the American political system work the way it does?

Find the answers in The Logic of American Politics. This best-selling text arms students with a toolkit of institutional design concepts—command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation—that help them recognize how the American political system was designed and why it works the way it does. The authors build students' critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.  

Thoroughly updated to account for the most recent events and data, the Ninth Edition explores the increase in political polarization, the growing emotional involvement people have to politics, Americans’ reactions to changing demographics, the partisan politics of judicial selection, and the changing nature of presidential leadership. Revised to include the 2018 election results and analysis, this edition provides students with the tools they need to make sense of today’s government.

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We gratefully acknowledge the author team for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Alicia Fisher of CSU Fullerton for developing the resources on this site.