Sunday, 12 April 2009

Toward an American political institutions reading list

Here’s what I’ve got for my fall graduate seminar thus far:

  • Shepsle and Boncheck, Analyzing Politics.
  • Buchanan and Tullock, The Calculus of Consent.
  • Farrell, Electoral Systems: A Comparative Introduction.
  • Krehbiel, Information and Legislative Organization.
  • Aldrich, Why Parties?: The Origin and Transformation of Political Parties in America.

Obviously that doesn’t include articles yet, but I don’t need to figure those out until August or so. Obviously I'm trying to bring in a lot of rational choice here, since our undergraduates really don't get any of that as far as I know; I figure I can get away without Arrow and Downs since Shelpsle and Boncheck cover that territory, but I want something on election systems and I’ve used Farrell before and am happy with his treatment. So, any suggestions?


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[Permalink] 1. prison rodeo wrote @ Mon, 13 Apr 2009, 9:16 am CDT:

Sigh. You’re missing a branch.

Baum’s Puzzle of Judicial Behavior would be a nice add.


Yeah, I know I’m short judicial on the books front, but wasn’t sure if there was anything good in book-length form. I thought about Segal and Spaeth.

I’m also missing the presidency (at least in book form), if that’s any consolation.

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