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Strategic Responsiveness

How Congress Confronts Presidential Power

Revealing the role of policy in the struggle for power between Congress and the president

The Fundamentals of Campaign Finance in the U.S.

Why We Have the System We Have

Why the U.S. campaign finance system is difficult to fix

Generational Politics in the United States

From the Silents to Gen Z and Beyond

How generational change impacts the future of American politics

Assault on the Media

The Nixon Years

New and expanded edition, Updated with Analysis of 21st Century Threats to Democracy

Taking a 21st century look at the lasting effects of Nixon-era attacks on journalism

Tracks on the Trail

Popular Music, Race, and the US Presidency

How music defines US presidential campaigns

Walking the Gendered Tightrope

Theresa May and Nancy Pelosi as Legislative Leaders

Examines how women in higher office must balance feminine stereotypes with exercising their power

Administering Justice

Placing the Chief Justice in American State Politics

The role and power of state chief justices in and out of the courtroom

Strangers to the Law

Gay People on Trial

Describes the legal challenge to the Colorado anti-gay civil rights initiative

Following in Footsteps or Marching Alone?

How Institutional Differences Influence Renewable Energy Policy

Renewable energy policies and the politics of resource management

Twilight of the American State

The American law state's many personalities create its political-legal dysfunction, setting the stage for new eras including the rise of Trump

Gendered Pluralism

Examines the extent to which gender influences the political policy views and attitudes of women

Still a Hollow Hope

State Power and the Second Amendment

Federalism still matters

Home Field Advantage

Roots, Reelection, and Representation in the Modern Congress

Investigates the effects of legislators’ local roots on congressional campaigns, elections, and representation

Isolation and Engagement

Presidential Decision Making on China from Kennedy to Nixon

Personal presidential style profoundly affects China policy, both in and outside the administration

Cops, Teachers, Counselors

Stories from the Front Lines of Public Service

Second Edition, New and expanded edition

A penetrating look at how government workers make sense of their work, ascribe identity to the people they encounter, and account for their decisions and actions

The Silent Guns of Two Octobers

Kennedy and Khrushchev Play the Double Game

New Edition, Updated

Far from the brink

The Committee

A Study of Policy, Power, Politics and Obama’s Historic Legislative Agenda on Capitol Hill

2nd Edition, With a New Preface

A deftly crafted insider account of how congressional committees really work, updated for 2021

Elite-Led Mobilization and Gay Rights

Dispelling the Myth of Mass Opinion Backlash

Grassroots America supports LBGTQ rights even when leaders do not

Minority Party Misery

Political Powerlessness and Electoral Disengagement

When lawmakers take their ball and go home

Informing a Nation

The Newspaper Presidency of Thomas Jefferson

How a dynamic, controversially elected president used the media to promote his image and policies

The Politics of Herding Cats

When Congressional Leaders Fail

Congressional leaders compete with the media for control over public policy

Founding Factions

How Majorities Shifted and Aligned to Shape the U.S. Constitution

Coalition, not compromise, framed the Constitution