CONFLICT AND CONSENSUS IN AMERICAN POLITICS uses its titled theme to underscore both the theory of American Politics as well as real life application of theory. The book's organizational framework, as well as features in each chapter, makes these connections clear to students of American Government and offer, therefore, an accurate and positive view of how and why politics and government in the U.S. work. Throughout this text, the topics of American Politics are viewed through the lens of theory and practice with the prism of conflict and consensus shading the discussions of policy issues and political consequences. Rich with pedagogy, and supported by an unsurpassed ancillary package for both instructor and student, CONFLICT AND CONSENSUS IN AMERICAN POLITICS offers a realistic introduction to politics by authors who bring distinctive expertise to bear on each topic.
G. Calvin Mackenzie is the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of Government at Colby College. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard. Mackenzie is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on American government, including THE POLITICS OF PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS, THE HOUSE AT WORK, AMERICA'S UNELECTED GOVERNMENT, THE IN-AND-OUTERS, THE IRONY OF REFORM AND BUCKING THE DEFICIT, INNOCENT UNTIL NOMINATED and SCANDAL PROOF: CAN ETHICS LAWS MAKE GOVERNMENT ETHICAL? Mackenzie has been a consultant to Congress and to several federal departments and has been a participant in the work of many national reform commissions. His own public service includes stints as chair of Maine's Board of Arbitration and Conciliation, as chair of Maine's Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, and as a soldier with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam. In 1999-2000, he was the John Adams Fellow at the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London and in 2005 he was a Fulbright Professor in the People's Republic of China. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Richard Cole is Dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also has served as Dean of UTA's College of Liberal Arts as well as the School of Social Work. Dr. Cole received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1967 and 1968, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University in 1973. He came to the University of Texas at Arlington from Yale University, where he served as Research Scholar from 1979-1980. Prior to that, Dr. Cole was Associate Professor of Political Science and Public and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professor Cole is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles, primarily in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations, urban analysis, public policy analysis, and statistics and research design. His articles have appeared in the AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REVIEW, POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, THE WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY, PUBLIUS: THE JOURNAL OF FEDERALISM, SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, THE JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS, THE ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE, and most of the regional journals in political science and public policy analysis. Professor Cole's teaching interests are primarily in the areas of American government and politics, federalism and devolution, urban and state politics, intergovernmental relations, research design and analysis, and public policy analysis. Stephen Wayne is Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is a Washington insider who has written many books and articles on the presidency and presidential elections. He often appears on television and radio news programs.