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This collection of essays by Mayhew (Yale Univ.) presents the scholar's view of how US politics works. Mayhew examines the role of political parties in the development of public policy through fourteen essays. All but one of the essays were published previously; thus, this collection is useful in pulling together much of Mayhew's thinking on the utility of US political parties. Included are essays on the vanishing marginal districts in congressional elections, as well as essays on the electoral incentives of members of Congress. Mayhew also considers divided party government and how it affects policy making in US government. The author expands on V. O. Key's work and also presents several essays comparing the US system with those of other countries. The chronological presentation of the essays provides a look at the development of Mayhew's theorizing and learning about US politics. A strong introduction, in which Mayhew presents his reasoning processes, leads off the volume. Students of US politics and the legislative process will benefit from this book, as will readers interested in understanding a small part of the history of political science. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. J. D. Rausch West Texas A&M University
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