In this issue, Forum authors return to some familiar Forum concerns about American politics, while introducing some new ones. Daniel Gitterman focuses on a hidden presidential power, the “power of the purchaser”. Andrew Taylor asks when Congress pushes back against presidential power and when it does not. Christopher Kimmel, Patrick Stewart, and William Schreckhise examine oral argument in the Supreme Court, to see what can rightfully be deduced from it. Terry Moe asks what we have learned the political role of the public bureaucracy and what we have not. Elizabeth Rigby looks at the federal struggle by way of state resistance to healthcare reform. Han Soo Lee inquires into the feedback effect of public opinion on presidential action. Jon Bond, Richard Fleisher, and Nathan Ilderton inquire into the real electoral contribution of the Tea Party. Robert Boatright compares the nature and fortunes of campaign finance reform in the United States and Canada. And Steven Schier and Todd Eberly seek to tease out an overarching pattern to American politics in our time. In book reviews, John Pitney takes issue with the partisan tilt of Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, though he is not powerfully cheered by the more even-handed investigations of Robert Draper, Do Not Ask What Good We Do, while Nicol Rae applauds the proper partisan caution of Sean Trende, The Lost Majority.
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