The Dynamics of American Politics: Approaches and Interpretations

By Lawrence C. Dodd; Calvin Jillson | Go to book overview

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This book offers a comprehensive assessment of the major theoretical approaches to the study of American politics. Written by leading scholars in the field, the book's essays focus particularly on the contributions that competing macro- and microanalytic approaches make to our understanding of political change in America.

The essays include systematic overviews of the patterns of constancy and change that characterize American political history as well as comparative discussions of theoretical traditions in the study of American political change. The volume concludes with four provocative essays proposing new and integrated interpretations of American politics.

This is a path-breaking book that all scholars concerned with American politics will want to read and that all serious students of American politics will need to study. The Dynamics of American Politics is appropriate for graduate core seminars on American politics, undergraduate capstone courses on American politics, courses on political theory and approaches to political analysis, and rigorous lower-division courses on American politics.

Lawrence C. Dodd is professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of American Politics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Coalitions in Parliamentary Government ( 1976), the coauthor of Congress and the Administrative State ( 1979), and coeditor of Congress and Policy Change ( 1986). He has served as president of the Southwestern Political Science Association, as a Congressional Fellow, and as a Hoover National Fellow. Calvin C. Jillson is associate professor of political science and director of the Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Constitution-Making: Conflict and Consensus in the Federal Convention of 1787 ( 1988) and coauthor of Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination, and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774-1789 ( 1994). He has served as chair of the political science department at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and as president of the Southwestern Political Science Association.

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