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Analyzing Congress (The New Institutionalism in American Politics)

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In addition to introducing the fundamental concepts of rational-choice theory, the text includes many empirical examples drawn from classic scholarship on Congress. Several chapters conclude with exercises that encourage students to apply the analytical tools they learn. Make the rational choice. Choose Analyzing Congress for your course.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published February 2001)
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Aug 06, 2007 Nicko rated it it was ok
A concise look at the driving force in American politics. Stewart's book is probably the one that I will remember best from graduate school.

Forget everything you learned in High School civics, this is the bitter truth about our form of the democratic process. Stewart utterly demolishes the idea that legislators are engaged in some high-minded pursuit of the "public interest," partisan ideological struggle, or that policies are adopted based on facts or reason. The resounding message of this thor
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Apr 21, 2016 Alex Nelson rated it really liked it
If you want to learn how to apply game theory to American congressional politics, this is a great first book on the subject. It's written at an undergraduate level, so it's very gentle explaining backwards induction, etc.

That said, this is an undergraduate textbook. There are exercises, which vary in usefulness. Quite a few are "Here's a situation with different numbers, you do the mundane calculation."

Overall, it's a great introduction to how Congress actually works.
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