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United States Politics Reading List

United States Politics, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Christine Harlen
C.M.Harlen@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

WEEK TWO: American Culture

Required Reading:

MCKAY, David. 2017. American Politics and Society. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, chapters one and two. £

Restad, H. E. (2020). Whither the “City Upon a Hill”? Donald Trump, America First, and American Exceptionalism (Winter 2019/2020). Texas National Security Review

Recommended:

TOMES, R.R. 2014. American Exceptionalism in the Twenty-First Century. Survival  56  (1), pp.27-50.

GILMORE, J., ROWLING, C., EDWARDS, J., & ALLEN, N. 2020. Exceptional “We” or Exceptional “Me”? Donald Trump, American Exceptionalism, and the Remaking of the Modern Jeremiad. Presidential Studies Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12657

LOEFFLMANN, Georg. 2020. ‘From the Obama Doctrine to America First: the erosion of the Washington consensus on grand strategy,’ International Politics (2020) 57:588–605.

TORPEY, J. 2017. The End of the World as We Know It?: American Exceptionalism in an Age of Disruption. Sociological Forum, 32: 701-725. 

PRASAD, M. (2016). American Exceptionalism and the Welfare State: The Revisionist Literature. Annual Review of Political Science19(1), 187–203. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-042214-044323

CEASER, James W.. 2012. "The Origins and Character of American Exceptionalism." American Political Thought 1 (1):3-28.

SCHILDKRAUT, Jennifer. 2014 ‘Boundaries of American Identity: Evolving Understandings of Us.’ Annual review of political science.   [online]  17, [Accessed day month year], pp. 441-460.

CROUCHER, S. 2015. From world citizenship to purified patriotism: Obama's nation-shaping in a global era. Identities-Global Studies in Culture and Power. 22 (1), pp.1-18. 

CHA, Taesuh. 2015. American Exceptionalism at the Crossroads: Three Responses. Political studies review.  [online], 13(3), [Accessed day month year], pp.351-362.

LOCKHART, Charles. 2012. The roots of American exceptionalism [electronic resource] : institutions, culture and policies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

SHAFER, B. E. 1999. American exceptionalism. Annual review of political science. [online], 2 (1), [Accessed day month year], pp. 445-463.

SMITH, R. M. (1993). Beyond tocqueville, myrdal, and hartz: The multiple traditions in america. The American political science review., 87(3), 549.

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WEEK THREE: United States Constitution

Required Reading:

MCKAY, David. 2017. American Politics and Society. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, chapter three

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BALKIN, J. M. 2019. The recent unpleasantness: Understanding the cycle of constitutional time. Indiana Law Journal, 94(1), 253-296.

Weyland, K. (2020). Populism’s Threat to Democracy: Comparative Lessons for the United StatesPerspectives on Politics18 (2), 389–406. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592719003955


Recommended:

HUQ, A., & GINSBURG, T. (2018). How to lose constitutional democracy. UCLA Law Review, 65(1), 78-169. This is lengthy due to very long legal footnotes, but starting with the conclusion from p. 162 might be a good idea.

 

LEVINSON, Sanford. 2010. ‘So Much to Rewrite, So Little Time.’ Constitutional Commentary. 27, pp. 515-526. 

Carey, J., Helmke, G., Nyhan, B., Sanders, M., & Stokes, S. (2019). Searching for Bright Lines in the Trump Presidency. Perspectives on Politics17(3), 699–718. https://doi.org/10.1017/S153759271900001X

U.S. Constitution (it’s short). Available from the United States National Archives: https://search.archives.gov/search?query=U.S.+Constitution&submit=&utf8=&affiliate=national-archives. Some of the language is antiquated, or deliberately evasive. The more difficult passages are available via the “Key to the most difficult passages of the constitution in the VLE”

ZVESPER, John (1999), The Separation of Powers in American Politics: Why We Fail to Accentuate the Positive. Government and opposition, 34: 3–23. 

DAWOOD, Yasmin. 2014. Democratic Dysfunction And Constitutional Design. Boston University Law Review. 94(3), pp.913-937.

CUTLER, L. N. 1980. To form a government. Foreign affairs. [online], 59 (1), pp. 126-143.
 

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WEEK FOUR: Elections

Required Reading:

MCKAY, David. 2017. American Politics and Society. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, chapter Six. 

Fredrick C. Harris and Viviana Rivera-Burgos, The Continuing Dilemma of Race and Class in the Study of American Political Behavior. Annual Review of Political Science 2021 24:1, 175-191

Recommended:

LAURISON, D. 2016. Social Class and Political Engagement in the United States. Sociology Compass  10  (8), pp.684-697.

CAMPBELL, David E. 2013. Social Networks and Political Participation. Annual review of political science. . 16: 33-48.

FRANKO, W.W., Kelly, N.J. and WITKO, C. 2016. Class Bias in Voter Turnout, Representation, and Income Inequality. Perspectives on politics.. 14 (2), pp.351-368.  

SOSS, J. and L.R. Jacobs. 2009. The Place of Inequality: Non-participation in the American Polity. . Political science quarterly [online], 124 (1), [Accessed day month year]. pp. 95-125. 

Goldstein, K., Dallek, M. and Rivlin, J. 2014. Even the Geeks are Polarized: The Dispute over the 'Real Driver' in American Elections. The forum. -a Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. 12(2), pp.211-222.

BENOIT, W. (2017). Praeger handbook of political campaigning in the United States . Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

LEIGHLEY, Jan E. 2010. The Oxford handbook of American elections and political behavior. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

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WEEK FIVE: President

Required Reading:

MCKAY, D. H. 2017. American Politics And Society. Oxford: Blackwell, chapters 10 and 11.

GREENSTEIN, F.I. 2000. The Qualities of Effective Presidents: An Overview from FDR to Bill Clinton. Presidential studies quarterly.. 30 (1), pp.178-185.

NYE, Joseph S. 2014. Transformational and Transactional Presidents, Leadership. 10: 118. The online version of this article can be found at http://lea.sagepub.com/content/10/1/118

Recommended:

SALDIN, R., & Teles, S. (2020). Never Trump : the revolt of the conservative elites . Oxford University Press.

AMIRA, K., Johnson, L., McCray, D., & Ragusa, J. (2019). Adversaries or Allies? Donald Trump’s Republican Support in Congress. Perspectives on Politics17(3), 756–771. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592719001063

DREZNER, D. (2020). Immature leadership: Donald Trump and the American presidencyInternational Affairs (London)96(2), 383–400. https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiaa009

HART, R. (2020). Donald Trump and the Return of the Paranoid Style. Presidential Studies Quarterly50(2), 348–365. https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12637

GALVIN, D. (2014). Presidents as Agents of Change. Presidential Studies Quarterly44(1), 95–119. https://doi.org/10.1111/psq.12089

SKOWRONEK, Stephen. 2014. ‘Twentieth-Century Remedies,’ Boston University Law Review, 94(3) May, pp. 795-806. Available through search@library.

 EDWARDS, George C. 2012. ‘Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership,’ in Overreach : leadership in the Obama presidency Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2012. Chapter 7. 

JONES, C. O. 2005. The presidency in a separated system. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, Chapter One. Available as e-book and regular book. 

FOLEY, M. 2013. Barack Obama and the Calculus of Presidential Ambiguity. Political studies review.. 11 (3), pp.345-357. 

GREENSTEIN, F.I. 2011. Barack Obama: The Man and His Presidency at the Midterm. PS : political science and politics.. 44 (1), pp.7-11.  

ROCKMAN, B.A. 2012. The Obama Presidency: Hope, Change, and Reality. Social science quarterly.. 93(5), pp.1065-1080.

MILKIS, S.M., RHODES, J.H. and CHARNOCK, E.J. What Happened to Post-Partisanship? Barack Obama and the New American Party System. Perspectives on politics.. 10 (1), pp.57-76.

NEUSTADT, R. E. 2001. The weakening white house. British journal of political science. [online], 31 [Accessed day month year], pp. 1-11.

RUDALEVIGE, A. 2006. The Contemporary Presidency: The Decline and Resurgence and Decline (and Resurgence? ) of Congress: Charting a New Imperial Presidency. Presidential studies quarterly., 36 (3), pp. 506-524.

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Week SIX:  Congress

Required Reading:

MCKAY, D. H. 2017. American Politics And Society. Oxford: Blackwell, chap. 8 and 9.

MAYHEW, D.R. 2009. Is Congress "the Broken Branch"? Boston University Law Review. 89(2), pp.357-369.

Recommended:

LEWALLEN, J., THERIAULT, S.M. and JONES, B.D. 2016. Congressional dysfunction: An information processing perspective. Regulation & Governance. 10 (2), pp.179-190.

SINCLAIR, B. 2009. Question: What's Wrong with Congress? Answer: It's a Democratic Legislature. Boston University Law Review . 89(2), pp.387-397.

KING, A. 1997. The vulnerable American politician. British journal of political science. [online], 27 [Accessed day month year], pp. 1-22.

FARINA, C.R. 2015. Congressional Polarization: Terminal Constitutional Dysfunction? Columbia Law Review.. 115 (7), pp.1689-1738. 

DAVIDSON, Roger H., Walter J. Oleszek, and Frances E. Lee. 2010. Congress and its members. 12th ed. Washington, D.C.. 

SINCLAIR, B. 1996. An effective Congress and effective members: What does it take? PS : political science and politics. [online], 29 (3), [Accessed day month year], pp. 435-439.

MAYHEW, David. 2015. Congress as the Handler of Challenges: the Historical Record. Studies in American Political Development. 185-212.

WILSON, G.K. 2009. Congress in Comparative Perspective. Boston University Law Review. 89(2), pp.827-845. 

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WEEK SEVEN: Reading Week

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WEEK 8: Supreme Court.

Required Reading:

MCKAY, 2017.  American Politics And Society, Chapter 15.

HASEN, R. L. 2019. Polarization and the Judiciary. In: LEVI, M. & ROSENBLUM, N. L. (eds.) Annual Review of Political Science, Vol 22.


Recommended:

Gibson, James L. and Michael J. Nelson. 2014. ‘The Legitimacy of the US Supreme Court: Conventional Wisdoms and Recent Challenges Thereto,’ Annual Review of Law and Social Science 2014 10:1, 201-219.

HITT, M., & SEARLES, K. (2018). Media Coverage and Public Approval of the U.S. Supreme Court. Political Communication35(4), 566–586. https://doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2018.1467517

DEVINS, N., & BAUM, L. (2017). Split Definitive: How Party Polarization Turned the Supreme Court into a Partisan Court. The Supreme Court Review2016(1), 301–365. https://doi.org/10.1086/691096

Brandon L. Bartels, & Christopher D. Johnston. (2013). On the Ideological Foundations of Supreme Court Legitimacy in the American Public. American Journal of Political Science57(1), 184–199. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2012.00616.x

HODDER-WILLIAMS, R. 1992. Six notions of political and the United States Supreme Court. British journal of political science. [online], 22 [Accessed day month year], pp. 1-20.

CLAYTON, C.W. and SALAMONE, M.F. 2014. Still Crazy after All These Years: The Polarized Politics of the Roberts Court Continue. The forum. - a Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. 12(4), pp.739-762.

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WEEK 9: Political Parties

Required Reading:

MCKAY, American Politics And Society, Chap. 5 in 2017 editions. 

IYENGAR, S., LELKES, Y., LEVENDUSKY, M., MALHOTRA, N. & WESTWOOD, S. J. 2019. The Origins and Consequences of Affective Polarization in the United States. In: LEVI, M. & ROSENBLUM, N. L. (eds.) Annual Review of Political Science, Vol 22.

RAPOPORT, Ronald. 2010. “Winning Isn’t Everything: Third Parties and the American Two Party System,” in Maisel, L.S. and Berry, J.M. eds. The Oxford handbook of American political parties and interest groups. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 222-242.

Recommended: 

PEW RESEARCH CENTRE FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE PRESS. 2014. ‘Political Polarization in the American Public'. June. Available online: http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/

BRADY,, DAVID W. 2010. “Party Coalitions in the U.S. Congress: Intra- vs. Interparty,” in Maisel, L.S. and Berry, J.M. eds. in Maisel, L.S. and Berry, J.M. eds. The Oxford handbook of American political parties and interest groups. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 358-376..

RAE, Nicol. 2007. ‘Be Careful What You Wish For: The Rise of Responsible Parties in American National Politics,’ Annual review of political science., 10: 161-190.

LAYMAN, Geoffrey C., Thomas M. Carsey, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, 2006. 'Party Polarization in American Politcs: Characteristics, Causes and Consequences.', Annual review of political science.., 9: 83-110.

BRADBERRY, L.A. and JACOBSON, G.C. 2015. The Tea Party and the 2012 presidential election. Electoral studies.. 40, pp.500-508. 

RAPOPORT, R.B. 2015. Epilogue: What 2012 nomination contests tell us about the future of the Republican Party. Electoral Studies. 40, pp.509-513.

ABRAMOWITZ, Alan I. 2013. The Electoral Roots of America's Dysfunctional Government. Presidential studies quarterly.. 43(4): 709-731. 

FRIED, A. and HARRIS, D.B. 2015. The Strategic Promotion of Distrust in Government in the Tea Party Age. Forum-a Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. 13 (3), pp.417-443.  

LOWNDES, J. 2016. White Populism and the Transformation of the Silent Majority. The forum. ISSN: 1540-8884; 2194-6183-a Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. 14 (1), pp.25-37.

GROSSMAN, M. and HOPKINS, D.A. 2015. Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats: The Asymmetry of American Party Politics. Perspectives on politics. 13(1), pp.119-139.

 

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WEEK 10: Organized Interests


Required Reading:

MCKAY, 2017. American Politics And Society, Chapter 14.

SCHLOZMAN, Kate. 2010. “Who Sings in the Heavenly Chorus? The Shape of the Organized Interest System,” in Maisel, L.S. and Berry, J.M. eds. The Oxford handbook of American political parties and interest groups. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 425-450. 


Recommended:

SMITH, Mark. 2010. “The Mobilization and Influence of Business Interests,” ,” in Maisel, L.S. and Berry, J.M. eds. The Oxford handbook of American political parties and interest groups. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 425-450.

SKOCPOL, Theda. 2020. ‘The Elite and Popular Roots of Contemporary Republican Extremism,’ in Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo, ed., The Upending of American Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

SKOCPOL, Theda and Caroline Tervo. 2020, ‘America at a Crossroads,’ in Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo, ed., The Upending of American Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

BENOIT, W. (2017). Praeger handbook of political campaigning in the United States . Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC. Sections on campaign finance.

HERTEL-FERNANDEZ, A. 2014. Who Passes Business's "Model Bills"? Policy Capacity and Corporate Influence in US State Politics. Perspectives on Politics. 12 (3), pp.582-602.

GILENS, M. and Page, B.I. 2014. Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens. Perspectives on politics.. 12(3), pp.564-581. 

 BAUMGARTNER, Frank L. and Beth Leech. 2001. ‘Interest Niches and Policy Bandwagons: Patterns of Interest Group Involvement in National Politics.’ The Journal of politics. 63(4) November: 1191-1213. 

LOWERY, David. 2007. ‘Why Do Organized Interests Lobby? A Multi-Goal, Multi-Context Theory of Lobbying’ Polity , 39 (1) (January): 29-54. 

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WEEK 11: Foreign Policy


Required Reading:

MCKAY, American Politics And Society, chapters 20 and 21 in 2017 edition.

SCOTT, James and Ralph G. Carter. 2014. The Not-So-Silent Partner: Patterns of Legislative–Executive Interaction in the War on Terror, 2001–2009. International studies perspectives. 15: 186-208.

Recommended

MACDONALD, P. (2018). America First? Explaining Continuity and Change in Trump’s Foreign PolicyPolitical Science Quarterly133(3), 401–434. https://doi.org/10.1002/polq.12804

LOEFFLMAN, G. 2015. Leading from Behind - American Exceptionalism and President Obama's Post-American Vision of Hegemony. Geopolitics.. 20 (2), pp.308-332.

SKIDMORE, D. 2012. The Obama Presidency and US Foreign Policy: Where's the Multilateralism? International Studies Perspectives. 13 (1), pp.43-64.

This list was last updated on 27/09/2021