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  1. Student Note 1 item
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      If you have difficulty with any of the resources in this reading list please email your Liaison Librarian Jane Shaw j.shaw2@keele.ac.uk to let her know.  Thanks

  2. Set Text 1 item
    1. American politics and society 9th edition - David H. McKay 2017

      Book Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

  3. Week 2: US Political Culture 18 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 2: Beliefs, Values and American Society - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 16 items
      1. American political ideas: traditions and usages - Foley, Michael 1991

        Book Recommended

      2. The political beliefs of Americans: a study of public opinion - Free, Lloyd Arthur, Cantril Hadley 1967

        Book Recommended

      3. The American political tradition - Richard Hofstadter 1962

        Book Recommended

      4. Culture wars: the struggle to define America - James Davison Hunter 1991

        Book Recommended

      5. Culture war?: the myth of a polarized America - Morris P. Fiorina, Samuel J. Abrams, Jeremy Pope 2006

        Book Recommended

      6. America the unusual - Kingdon, John W. 1999

        Book Recommended

      7. Is America different?: a new look at American exceptionalism - Shafer, Byron E. 1991

        Book Recommended

      8. The frontier in American history - Frederick Jackson Turner 1962

        Book Recommended

      9. The right nation: why America is different - Micklethwait, John, Wooldridge, Adrian 2005

        Book Recommended

      10. America's right turn: from Nixon to Clinton - Berman, William C. 1998

        Book Recommended Earlier editions available

    3. Websites 1 item
  4. Week 3: The American Constitution 24 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 3: Constitutional Government - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 20 items
      1. You should begin your reading with The Constitution of The United States (this is usually printed as an appendix in most text books on American government).

      2. The Federalist papers - Hamilton, Alexander, Madison, James, Jay, John, Shapiro, Ian 2009

        Book Recommended Please read Nos. 10, 47, 49 & 51

      3. The Oxford handbook of the U.S. Constitution - Mark V. Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, Sanford Levinson 2015

        Book Recommended

      4. The origins of American constitutionalism - Lutz, Donald S. 1988

        Book Recommended

      5. The American constitution: its origins and development - Kelly, Alfred Hinsey, Belz, Herman, Harbison, Winfred Audif 1991

        Book Recommended

      6. Constitutionalism and the separation of powers - Vile, M. J. C. 1967

        Book Recommended

      7. The American constitutional system - Pritchett, Charles Herman 1976

        Book Recommended

      8. American politics and the Constitution - Thomas G. Walker c1978

        Book Recommended

      9. The constitution of the United States: a primer for the people - Currie, David P. 1988

        Book Recommended

      10. American constitutional law - Fisher, Louis 1995

        Book Recommended

      11. How democratic is the Constitution? - Robert A. Goldwin, William A. Schambra 1980

        Book Recommended

      12. Separation of powers: does it still work? - Goldwin, Robert Allen, Kaufman, Art 1986

        Book Recommended

      13. Constitutional conflicts between Congress and the President - Fisher, Louis 1997

        Book Recommended

      14. Constitutional reform and effective government - James L. Sundquist 1992

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 3 items
      1. The United States Constitution - Joseph A. Montagna

        Webpage Recommended

  5. Week 4: Federalism and the States 23 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 4: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 21 items
      1. American federalism - Thomas R. Dye 1990

        Book Recommended Not currently available

      2. Politics in the American states: a comparative analysis - Virginia Gray, Virginia Gray, Russell L. Hanson 2008

        Book 

      3. The federal nation: perspectives on American federalism - Iwan W. Morgan, Philip Davies 2008

        Book Recommended

      4. From new federalism to devolution: twenty-five years of intergovernmental reform - Conlan, Timothy, Brookings Institution. Washington, D.C. 1998

        Book Recommended

      5. American federalism: the third century - Kincaid, John

        Book Recommended

      6. The rebirth of Federalism: slouching toward Washington - Walker, David B. 2000

        Book Recommended

      7. The new federalism: can the states be trusted? - Ferejohn, John A., Stanford University. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Weingast, Barry R. 1997

        Book Recommended

      8. The American system: a new view of goverment in the United States - Grodzins, Morton Melvin, Elazar, Daniel J. 1984

        Book Recommended

      9. The Federalist papers - Hamilton, Alexander, Madison, James, Jay, John, Shapiro, Ian 2009

        Book Recommended Please read: No 10, 47, 49 & 51

      10. American federalism: a view from the states - Elazar, Daniel J. 1966

        Book Recommended

      11. The new federation - Reagan, Michael D. 1972

        Book Recommended

      12. New federalism: intergovernmental reform from Nixon to Reagan - Conlan, Timothy J. 1988

        Book Recommended

      13. Exploring federalism - Elazar, Daniel J. 1987

        Book Recommended

      14. American law and politics: the creation of public order - Young, Roland Arnold 1967

        Book Recommended

      15. To make a nation: the rediscovery of American federalism - Beer, Samuel Hutchinson 1994

        Book Recommended

      16. Federalism: the founders' design - Berger, Raoul 1987

        Book Recommended

      17. The fate of the Union: America's rocky road to political stalemate - Shogan, Robert 2004

        Book Recommended

      18. Making federalism work: a study of program coordination at the community level - Sundquist, James L., Davis, David W. 1969

        Book Recommended

      19. Federalism, power, and political economy: a new theory of federalism's impact on American life - Christopher Hamilton, Donald T. Wells 1990

        Book Recommended

      20. Comparative constitutional federalism: Europe and America - Mark V. Tushnet 1990

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 1 item
  6. Week 5: The Presidency 32 items
    1. Essential Reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 10: The Presidency I: Powers and Selection - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

      2. Chapter 11: The Presidency II: The President as Chief Executive - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 27 items
      1. New directions in the American presidency - Han, Lori Cox 2011

        Book Recommended

      2. The Obama presidency: appraisals and prospects - Rockman, Bert A., Rudalevige, Andrew, Campbell, Colin 2012

        Book Recommended

      3. Communicator-in-chief: how Barack Obama used new media technology to win the White House - Hendricks, John Allen, Denton, Robert E. 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      4. Presidential influence in Congress - Edwards, George C. 1980

        Book Recommended

      5. The power of the modern presidency - Hargrove, Erwin C 1974

        Book Recommended

      6. The Presidential branch: from Washington to Clinton - Hart, John 1995

        Book Recommended

      7. The symbolic presidency: how presidents portray themselves - Hinckley, Barbara 1990

        Book Recommended

      8. The managerial presidency - Pfiffner, James P. 1999

        Book Recommended

      9. The modern presidency - Pfiffner, James P. 2011

        Book Recommended

      10. The postmodern president: the White House meets the world - Rose, Richard 1988

        Book Recommended

      11. The political presidency: practice of leadership - Kellerman, Barbara 1984

        Book Recommended

      12. Going public: new strategies of presidential leadership - Kernell, Samuel 1997

        Book Recommended

      13. The chief executive - Koenig, Louis W. 1996

        Book Recommended

      14. Behind the Oval Office: getting reelected against all odds - Morris, Dick c1999

        Book Recommended

      15. The presidency and the political system - Nelson, Michael 2006

        Book Recommended

      16. Understanding the presidency - Pfiffner, James P., Davidson, Roger H. 2009

        Book Recommended

      17. The President as interpreter-in-chief - Stuckey, Mary E. 1991

        Book Recommended

      18. The politics of the presidency - Pika, Joseph August, Maltese, John Anthony 2008

        Book Recommended

      19. The rhetorical presidency - Tulis, Jeffrey K. 1987

        Book Recommended

      20. Governing the White House: from Hoover through LBJ - Walcott, Charles Eliot, Hult, Karen Marie 1995

        Book Recommended

      21. The George W. Bush presidency: appraisals and prospects - Campbell, Colin, Rockman, Bert A. 2004

        Book Recommended

      22. High risk and big ambition: the presidency of George W. Bush - Schier, Steven E. 2004

        Book Recommended

      23. The presidential character: predicting performance in the White House - Barber, James David 2009

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 3 items
  7. Week 6: The US Congress 25 items
    1. Essential Reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 8: Congress I: The People's Branch - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

      2. Chapter 9: Congress II: Functions and Powers - the Broken Branch? - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 18 items
      1. The American Congress - Smith, Steven S., Roberts, Jason M., Vander Wielen, Ryan J. 2011

        Book Recommended

      2. Congress in context - Haskell, John 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      3. The post-reform Congress - Davidson, Roger H. 1992

        Book Recommended

      4. Hostile takeover: the House Republican Party, 1980-1995 - Koopman, Douglas L. 1996

        Book Recommended

      5. Congress: the electoral connection - Mayhew, David R. 2004

        Book Recommended

      6. Congressional politics: the evolving legislative system - Rieselbach, Leroy Newman 1995

        Book Recommended

      7. Congressmen in committees - Fenno, Richard Francis 1973

        Book Recommended

      8. The logic of Congressional action - Arnold, R. Douglas 1990

        Book Recommended

      9. Lobbying Congress: how the system works - Wolpe, Bruce C., Levine, Bertram J. 1996

        Book Recommended

      10. Politics or principle?: filibustering in the United States Senate - Binder, Sarah A., Smith, Steven S. 1997

        Book Recommended

      11. Congress and its members - Davidson, Roger H., Oleszek, Walter J., Lee, Frances E. 2010

        Book Recommended

      12. Congress reconsidered - Dodd, Lawrence C., Oppenheimer, Bruce Ian 2009

        Book Recommended

      13. Congress and the presidency: institutional politics in a separated system - Foley, Michael, Owens, John E. 1996

        Book Recommended

      14. Congress: keystone of the Washington establishment - Fiorina, Morris P. 1977

        Book Recommended

      15. The decline and resurgence of Congress - Sundquist, James L. 1981

        Book Recommended

      16. Congressional procedures and the policy process - Oleszek, Walter J. 2007

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 5 items
      1. Library of Congress-Government Resources

        Website Recommended This site provides gateways to a large number of congressional sites

  8. Week 7: The US Supreme 27 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 15: The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 21 items
      1. The Supreme Court - Lawrence Baum 2015

        Book Recommended

      2. The Supreme Court and individual rights - Savage, David G. 2009

        Book Recommended

      3. The politics of precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court - Hansford, Thomas G., Spriggs, James F. 2008

        Book Recommended

      4. Understanding Supreme Court opinions - Van Geel, Tyll R. 2006

        Book Recommended

      5. The Supreme Court in the American legal system - Segal, Jeffrey Allan, Spaeth, Harold J., Benesh, Sara Catherine 2005

        Book Recommended

      6. Raw judicial power: the supreme court and American society - McKeever, Robert J. 1995

        Book Recommended

      7. The American supreme court - McCloskey, Robert Green, Levinson, Sanford 1994

        Book Recommended

      8. Storm center: the Supreme Court in American politics - David M. O'Brien 2014

        Book Recommended

      9. Does the U.S. Supreme Court Weaken American Democracy? - R Hodder-Williams, R McKeever April 1996

        Article Recommended

      10. The United States Supreme Court: a political and legal analysis - McKeever, Robert J. 1997

        Book Recommended

      11. The Supreme Court and public policy - M Shapiro 1969

        Book Recommended Not currently available

      12. Turning right: the making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court - Savage, David G. 1992

        Book Recommended

      13. Supreme Court decision making - Rohde, David W., Spaeth, Harold J., Rohde, David W., Spaeth, Harold J. 1976

        Book Recommended

      14. The Supreme Court and Congress: conflict and interaction, 1945-1968 - Schmidhauser, John Richard, Berg, Larry L 1972

        Book Recommended

      15. The Oxford companion to the Supreme Court of the United States - Hall, Kermit, Ely, James W., Grossman, Joel B. 2005

        Book Recommended

      16. The federal courts - Carp, Robert A., Stidham, Ronald, Manning, Kenneth Luis 2010

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 5 items
  9. Week 8: Interest Groups 18 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 14: Organized Interests: The real Power? - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 14 items
      1. The interest group society - Berry, Jeffrey M., Wilcox, Clyde 2009

        Book Recommended

      2. Interest groups in American campaigns: the new face of electioneering - Mark J. Rozell, Clyde Wilcox, David Madland 2006

        Book Recommended

      3. Interest groups in the United States - Wilson, Graham K. 1981

        Book Recommended

      4. The end of liberalism: the second republic of the United States - Theodore J. Lowi 2009

        Book Recommended

      5. Congress, the President, and policymaking: a historical analysis - Schroedel, Jean Reith 1994

        Book Recommended

      6. American democracy - Lipsitz, Lewis, Speak, David M. 1993

        Book Recommended Chapter 9

      7. Interest Groups, Lobbying and Policymaking [Paperback] - N Ornstein

        Book Recommended Not currently available

      8. Private power and American democracy - McConnell, Grant 1966

        Book Recommended

      9. The lobbyists: how influence peddlers work their way in Washington - Birnbaum, Jeffrey H. 1993

        Book Recommended

      10. The Politics of interests: interest groups transformed - Petracca, Mark P. 1992

        Book Recommended

      11. PAC power: inside the world of political action committees - Sabato, Larry J. 1985

        Book Recommended

      12. Interest group politics - Allan J. Cigler, Burdett A. Loomis 2012

        Book Recommended

      13. Basic interests: the importance of groups in politics and in political science - Baumgartner, Frank R., Leech, Beth L. 1998

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 3 items
  10. Week 9: Political Parties 17 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 5: American Political Parties and the Politics of Polarization - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books & Articles 13 items
      1. Party politics in America - Marjorie Randon Hershey 2007

        Book Recommended

      2. Parties, politics, and public policy in America - Hetherington, Marc J., Keefe, William J. 2007

        Book Recommended

      3. Parties and policies: how the American government works - David R. Mayhew 2008 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      4. The party's over: the failure of politics in America - Broder, David S. 1972

        Book Recommended

      5. Political parties and political issues: patterns in differentiation since the New Deal - Everett Carll Ladd 1973

        Book Recommended Not currently available

      6. Party politics in America - Sorauf, Frank Joseph 1972

        Book Recommended

      7. The American party systems: stages of political development - Chambers, William Nesbet, Burnham, Walter Dean 1975

        Book Recommended

      8. The parties respond: changes in American parties and campaigns - Maisel, Louis Sandy 2002

        Book Recommended

      9. American political parties: decline or resurgence? - Jeffrey E. Cohen, Richard Fleisher, Paul Kantor 2001

        Book Recommended

    3. Websites 3 items
  11. Week 10: Voting Behaviour and Elections 28 items
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 6: Elections and Political Participation - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions available in Keele Library

    2. Books 23 items
      1. The American voter revisited - Lewis-Beck, Michael S. 2008

        Book Recommended

      2. Financing politics: money, elections, and political reform 3rd edition - Herbert E. Alexander 1984

        Book Recommended

      3. Retrospective voting in American national elections - Fiorina, Morris P. 1981

        Book Recommended

      4. Voters, elections, and parties: the practice of democratic theory - Pomper, Gerald M. 1988

        Book Recommended

      5. Voters' choice: varieties of American electoral behavior - Pomper, Gerald M. 1975

        Book Recommended

      6. Race of a lifetime: how Obama won the White House - Heilemann, John, Halperin, Mark 2010

        Book Recommended

      7. The 2008 elections - Alan Abramowitz, Larry Sabato 2009

        Book Recommended

      8. The elections of 2008 - Nelson, Michael 2009

        Book Recommended

      9. Political behavior of the American electorate - William H. Flanigan 2015

        Book Recommended

      10. Inside campaign finance: myths and realities - Sorauf, Frank Joseph 1992

        Book Recommended

      11. Change and continuity in the 2004 and 2006 elections - Abramson, Paul R., Aldrich, John H., Rohde, David W. 2007

        Book Recommended

      12. The politics of presidential selection - Jackson, John S., Crotty, William J. 2001

        Book Recommended

      13. Choosing the President - Barber, James David, American Assembly 1974

        Book Recommended Please read Chapter 2

      14. Presidential primaries: road to the White House - Davis, James W. 1980

        Book Recommended

      15. Air wars: television advertising in election campaigns, 1952-2004 - West, Darrell M. 2005

        Book Recommended

      16. Paying for presidents: public financing in national elections - Corrado, Anthony 1993

        Book Recommended

      17. Money in American elections - Frank J. Sorauf 1988

        Book Recommended Not currently available

    3. Websites 4 items
  12. Week 11: Assessing American Government 1 item
    1. Essential Reading 1 item
      1. Chapter 21: The American Political System in an Uncertain World - David H McKay 2017

        Chapter Essential There are earlier editions in Keele Library

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