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African-American Political Participation  

Tasha S. Philpot and Hanes Walton Jr.

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Aug 2014
This chapter describes the evolution of African-American political participation. Beginning with early findings in Black political participation, it discusses the major paradigm shifts in ... More

American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations  

Alberta M. Sbragia

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article provides an analysis of the shape of American federalism. The first section looks at territorial politics, and is followed by a discussion of territorial governments and ... More

American Religious Liberty in International Perspective  

John Witte Jr.

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article compares the modern American religious liberty law with the prevailing international perspective on religious law. This comparative analysis enlightens, from a fresh ... More

The American State  

Desmond King and Robert Lieberman

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Aug 2016
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Dec 2015
This chapter introduces the complex and extensive scholarly literature that political scientists have generated about the American federal State. It is organized into four sections and ... More

Canada–United States Relations  

Stephen Brooks

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2010
Canada and the U.S. emerged as close military allies in World War II, a partnership that was deepened and institutionalized during the Cold War years of the 1950s. This was the era of the ... More

The Christian Right and Church–State Issues  

Clyde Wilcox and Sam Potolicchio

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article discusses the Christian Right and their role in some of the church–state issues. In the late 1970s, the Moral Majority and the Christian Right were established. The focus of ... More

Civil Society in the United States  

Theda Skocpol

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Aug 2011
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May 2012
This article examines the history of civil society in the U.S. It explores contemporary civic reorganizations by providing a snapshot of classic U.S. civic democracy and a glimpse at the ... More

Comparative Politics and American Political Development  

Kimberly J. Morgan

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Aug 2016
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Aug 2014
The subfields of comparative politics and American political development (APD) have many intellectual affinities, as APD brought many of the questions and methods of comparative politics ... More

Congress and American Political Development  

Eric Schickler and Ruth Bloch Rubin

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Aug 2016
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Oct 2014
While early works in American political development (APD) incorporated congressional actors in accounts of state-building, policymaking, and social reform, there is a growing body of ... More

Connecting Interest Groups to the Presidency  

Burdett A. Loomis

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Aug 2009
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May 2010
This article explores the core findings and trends within the patchy scholarship that links presidents, lobbying, and interest groups, and then suggests ways for scholars to construct a ... More

The Development of the Congressional Committee System  

Eric Schickler

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Mar 2011
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May 2011
The congressional committee defines the motivations behind the decisions on congressional organization. They also play a critical role in shaping policy outcomes and in defining Congress's ... More

The Founding Era (1774–1797) and the Constitutional Provision for Religion  

John F. Wilson

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article explores and explains how religious belief and practice related to governmental authority played in the founding of the American nation. From 1774 to 1779, the American nation ... More

The Fragmented American Welfare State: Putting the Pieces Together  

Daniel Béland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly J. Morgan

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Dec 2014
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Jul 2014
In the United States, the welfare state has long been a source of political and academic debate, and this volume pulls together much of our current knowledge about its origins, ... More

Gender and the American State  

Eileen McDonagh and Carol Nackenoff

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Aug 2016
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Feb 2015
The study of gender in American political development (APD) challenges the efficacy for advancing women’s political inclusion of a liberal tradition valorizing principles of individual ... More

Going Alone: The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action  

Kenneth R. Mayer

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Aug 2009
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May 2010
This article discusses the logic of the unilateral powers model. The theory of unilateral presidential action is based on two foundational assumptions. The article also evaluates the state ... More

Historical Institutionalism, Political Development, and the Presidency  

Scott C. James

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Aug 2009
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May 2010
This article starts by addressing historical institutionalism and American political development (APD) as analytic approaches to the study of politics. It explores the presidency's ... More

How Suffrage Politics Made—and Makes—America  

Richard Valelly

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Aug 2016
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Dec 2015
Most Americans believe that the franchise has steadily and gradually expanded since the Founding. In fact “suffrage politics” has been far more complex and disjointed. This contribution ... More

Interest Groups  

Tracy Roof

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Dec 2014
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Jul 2014
This chapter examines the role of interest groups in shaping American social welfare policy. It outlines major theories and findings on interest group influence in American politics and ... More

Interest Groups and American Political Development  

Dara Z. Strolovitch and Daniel J. Tichenor

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Aug 2016
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Jul 2015
Do interest groups enhance or impede the democratic exercise of power? This chapter addresses this long-debated question by examining what longitudinal and American Political Development ... More

The Interplay of Law, Religion, and Politics in the United States  

Derek H. Davis

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article discusses law, religion, and politics in the United States. It looks at these issues within the following contexts; 1) separation of the church and state; 2) cooperation ... More

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