Considering American Government: A Reader

Author(s): Lydia Andrade

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2020

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Governing is a challenging activity and was not meant to be easy. In the American republic, the struggle to find common ground is a constant challenge. The making of the Constitution and its structured conflicts between the states and the national government along with the establishment of political parties have triggered conflict in the United States for two and a quarter centuries. Considering American Government: A Reader, by Lydia M. Andrade and James W. Riddlesperger Jr, attempts to position struggle and competition in a contemporary context.

Considering American Government: A Reader describes:

  • The political environment which lays the foundations for governance, including building society on shared values that both define and limit decisions
  • Elements of institutions that connect Americans with their government, including public opinion, political parties and elections, and interest groups
  • The making of public policy, which involves spending our money, regulating our behavior, providing services and in the case of military members or first responders, and risking one’s own safety for the survival of the system

Introduction

Chapter 1 Graduating from the Electoral College by Lydia Andrade

Chapter 2 When They Say the Issue is Federalism, It Isn’t by James W. Riddlesperger, Jr.

Chapter 3 Who's That Charming Stranger with the Check? By Samuel H. Fisher III

Chapter 4 But They Didn’t Call Me!: Why Polling Works by Adam J. Schiffer

Chapter 5 Americans Don’t Agree; So What? By James F. Sheffield Jr.

Chapter 6 Not Even a Good Scandal by Jeffrey A. Fine

Chapter 7 How do you know ugly when you see it? By Richard N. Engstrom

Chapter 8 The Speech of a Lifetime by Richard W. Waterman

Chapter 9 Don’t Know Much about Judiciary by Joseph Stewart, Jr.

Chapter 10 The Progress Problem in Congress: The Gender Gap in Congressional Female Political Representation by Jennifer Horan

Chapter 11 Who Gets to Have a Say in Policy Making?: A Look at Health Care Policy by Juan Carlos Huerta and Jo Marie Rios

Chapter 12 The Supreme’s Greatest Hits by Lydia Andrade

Lydia Andrade

Dr. Lydia Andrade received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.  She currently serves as the Interim Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and previously served as the Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of the Incarnate Word and the 2017-18 President of the Southwestern Social Science Association.

Dr. Andrade is an expert in the field of American Politics.  Her areas of interest include Congress, the Presidency, campaigns and elections and women in politics. The primary focus of her research is on the Presidency and specifically, the domestic conditions influencing presidential use of force, Presidential scandal, and Presidential leadership of public opinion.  She has presented her research at numerous US and International conferences, published her work in a variety of Political Science journals and edited texts as well as written several textbooks and teaching guides on American Politics.  She is also an active consultant in the Advanced Placement Program American Government Program.

Governing is a challenging activity and was not meant to be easy. In the American republic, the struggle to find common ground is a constant challenge. The making of the Constitution and its structured conflicts between the states and the national government along with the establishment of political parties have triggered conflict in the United States for two and a quarter centuries. Considering American Government: A Reader, by Lydia M. Andrade and James W. Riddlesperger Jr, attempts to position struggle and competition in a contemporary context.

Considering American Government: A Reader describes:

  • The political environment which lays the foundations for governance, including building society on shared values that both define and limit decisions
  • Elements of institutions that connect Americans with their government, including public opinion, political parties and elections, and interest groups
  • The making of public policy, which involves spending our money, regulating our behavior, providing services and in the case of military members or first responders, and risking one’s own safety for the survival of the system

Introduction

Chapter 1 Graduating from the Electoral College by Lydia Andrade

Chapter 2 When They Say the Issue is Federalism, It Isn’t by James W. Riddlesperger, Jr.

Chapter 3 Who's That Charming Stranger with the Check? By Samuel H. Fisher III

Chapter 4 But They Didn’t Call Me!: Why Polling Works by Adam J. Schiffer

Chapter 5 Americans Don’t Agree; So What? By James F. Sheffield Jr.

Chapter 6 Not Even a Good Scandal by Jeffrey A. Fine

Chapter 7 How do you know ugly when you see it? By Richard N. Engstrom

Chapter 8 The Speech of a Lifetime by Richard W. Waterman

Chapter 9 Don’t Know Much about Judiciary by Joseph Stewart, Jr.

Chapter 10 The Progress Problem in Congress: The Gender Gap in Congressional Female Political Representation by Jennifer Horan

Chapter 11 Who Gets to Have a Say in Policy Making?: A Look at Health Care Policy by Juan Carlos Huerta and Jo Marie Rios

Chapter 12 The Supreme’s Greatest Hits by Lydia Andrade

Lydia Andrade

Dr. Lydia Andrade received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.  She currently serves as the Interim Dean for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and previously served as the Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of the Incarnate Word and the 2017-18 President of the Southwestern Social Science Association.

Dr. Andrade is an expert in the field of American Politics.  Her areas of interest include Congress, the Presidency, campaigns and elections and women in politics. The primary focus of her research is on the Presidency and specifically, the domestic conditions influencing presidential use of force, Presidential scandal, and Presidential leadership of public opinion.  She has presented her research at numerous US and International conferences, published her work in a variety of Political Science journals and edited texts as well as written several textbooks and teaching guides on American Politics.  She is also an active consultant in the Advanced Placement Program American Government Program.