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POL 605: American Politics (Spring 2020)

Topic 1: Representation
[1] Fiorina, Morris P., Samuel J. Abrams, and Jeremy C. Pope (2005). Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. New York: Longman, Chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5.
[2] Abramowitz, Alan I. and Kyle L. Saunders (2008). Is Polarization a Myth? Journal of Politics 70:542-555.
[3] Fiorina, Morris P., Samuel J. Abrams, and Jeremy C. Pope (2008). Polarization in the American Public: Misconceptions and Misreadings. Journal of Politics 70:556-560.
[4] Stimson, James, Michael MacKuen, and Robert Erikson (1995). Dynamic Representation. American Political Science Review 89:543-565.
[5] Gillens, Martin (2012). Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Chapters 2 and 3.
[6] Lax, Jefferey R. and Justin H. Phillips (2012). The Democratic Deficit in the States. American Journal of Political Science 56:148-166.

Topic 2: Race and Gender
[1] Washington, Ebonya (2006). How Black Candidates Affect Voter Turnout. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 121:973-998.
[2] Gillion, Daniel Q. (2012). Protest and Congressional Behavior: Assessing Racial and Ethnic Minority Protests in the District. Journal of Politics 74:950-962.
[3] Cameron, Charles, David Epstein, and Sharyn O'Halloran (1996). Do Majority-minority Districts Maximize Substantive Black Representation in Congress? American Political Science Review 90:794-812.
[4] Fox, Richard L. and Jennifer Lawless (2004). Entering the Arena? Gender and the Decision to Run for Office. American Journal of Political Science 48:264-280.
[5] Washington, Ebonya (2008). Female Socialization: How Daughters Affect their Legislator Fathers' Voting on Women Issues. American Economic Review 98:311-332.

Topic 3: Courts
[1] Gordon, Sanford C. and Gregory A. Huber (2007). The Effect of Electoral Competitiveness on Incumbent Behavior. Quarterly Journal of Political Science 2:107-138.
[2] Bailey, Michael and Forest Maltzman (2008). Does Legal Doctrine Matter? Unpacking Law and Policy Preference on the U.S. Supreme Court. American Political Science Review 102:369-384.
[3] Clark, Tom S., and Benjamin Lauderdale (2010). Locating Supreme Court Opinions in Doctrine Space. American Journal of Political Science 54:871-890.
[4] Kastellec, Jonathan P., Jeffrey R. Lax, and Justin H. Phillips (2010). Public Opinion and Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominees. Journal of Politics 72:767-784.

Topic 4: Presidency and Bureaucracy
[1] Cohen, Jefferey E. (1995). Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda. American Journal of Political Science 39:87-107.
[2] Cameron, Charles M. (2000). Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapters 4 and 6.
[3] Gasper, John T. and Andrew Reeves (2011). Make it Rain? Retrospection and the Attentive Electorate in the Context of Natural Disasters. American Journal of Political Science. 55:340-355.
[4] Lewis, David E. (2007). Testing Pendleton's Premise: Do Political Appointees Make Worse Bureaucrats? Journal of Politics 69:1073-108.
[5] Gordon, Sanford C. (2009). Assessing Partisan Bias in Federal Public Corruption Prosecutions. American Political Science Review 103:534-554

Topic 5: Congress
[1] Poole, Keith T. and Howard Rosenthal (1997). Congress: A Political Economic History of Roll Call Voting. New York: Oxford University Press. Chapters 2 and 3.
[2] Krehbiel, Keith (1998). Pivotal Politics. Chapters 2 and 3.
[3] Cox, Gary W. and Mathew D. McCubbins (2005). Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representatives. Chapters 2 and 5, pages 87-96.
[4] Binder, Sarah (1996). The Partisan Basis of Procedural Choice: Allocating Parliamentary Rights in the House, 1789-1990. American Political Science Review 90:8-20.

Topic 6: The Media
[1] Gerber, Alan S., James G. Gimpel, Donald P. Green, and Daron R. Shaw (2011). How Large and Long-lasting are the Persuasive Effects of Television Campaign Ads? Results from a Randomized Field Experiment. American Political Science Review 105:135-150.
[2] Huber, Gregory A. and Kevin Arceneaux (2007). Identifying the Persuasive Effects of Presidential Advertising. American Journal of Political Science 51:957-977.
[3] Boid, Robert M., Christopher J. Gariss, Jason J. Jones, Adam D. I. Kramber, Cameron Marlow, Jaime Settle, and James H. Fowler (2012). A 61-Milliion-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization. Nature 489:295-298.
[4] Lenz, Gabriel S. (2009). Learning and Opinion Change, Not Priming: Reconsidering the Priming Hypothesis. American Journal of Political Science 53:821-837.

Topic 7: Voting Behavior and Elections
[1] Gerber, Alan, Greg Huber, and Ebonya Washington (2010). Partisan Affiliation, Partisanship, and Political Beliefs: A Field Experiment. American Political Science Review 2010:720-744.
[2] Bullock, John G., Alan S. Gerber, Seth J. Hill, and Gregory A. Huber (2015). Partisan Bias in Factual Beliefs about Politics. Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 10:519-578.
[3] Zaller, John (2004). Floating Voters in U.S. Presidential Elections. In Studies in Public Opinion: Attitudes, Nonattitutes, Measurement Error, and Change, ed. William E. Saris and Paul M Sniderman. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
[4] McKuen, Michael B., Robert S. Erikson, and James A. Stimson (1992). Peasants or Bankers? The American Electorate and the U.S. Economy. American Political Science Review 86:597-611.
[5] Gelman, Andrew and Gary King (1993). Why are American Presidential Election Polls So Variable When Voters Are So Predictable? British Journal of Political Science 23:409-451.
[6] Converse, Phillip E. (1964). The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics. In Ideology and Discontent, ed. David E. Apter. New York: Free Press, Pages 206-231.
[7] Ansolabehere, Stephen, Jonathan Rodden, and James M. Snyder (2008). The Strength of Issues: Using Multiple Measures of Gauge Preference Stability, Ideological Constraint, and Issue Voting. American Political Science Review 102:215-232.

Topic 9: State and Local Politics
[1] Erikson, Robert S., Gerald C. Wright, and John P. McIver (1994). Statehouse Democracy: Public Opinion and the American States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapters 4-6.
[2] Kouser, Thad, Jeffrey B. Lewis, and Seth E. Masket (2007). Ideological Adaptation? The Survival Instinct of Threatened Legislators. Journal of Politics 69:828-843.
[3] Ribby, Elizabeth, and Gerald C. Wright (2013). Political Parties and the Representation of the Poor in the American States. American Political Science Review 57:552-565.
[4] Cauhgey, Devin, and Chris Warshaw (2018). Policy Preferences and Policy Change: Dynamic Responsiveness in the American States, 1936-2014. American Political Science Review 112:249-266.