American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction by Robert Singh

By Robert Singh

American govt and Politics is a very new introductory textbook designed and written for all scholars of politics coming to the topic for the 1st time. It offers a full of life and available advent and consultant to the entire major good points and features of 1 of the main particular and complicated modern political platforms on this planet. From the impeachment of invoice Clinton, to the debate surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September eleven, scholars will achieve a balanced and significant realizing of the entire key concerns and debates in modern American executive and politics at the present time. a few key underlying issues comprise: - the character of yank values and id - the impact of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to supply household and overseas coverage. Key beneficial properties contain: - entire word list of key words - dialogue and precis bins - net hyperlinks and courses to extra analyzing Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck university, London. American executive and Politics: A Concise advent is the root better half textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released via SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely geared up and informative textbook that mixes to an strangely excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately acquired knowledge. this is often an admirable e-book' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's university, Oxford `Full of topical info and written with gleaming readability, this publication is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating scholar' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yank heritage, collage of Edinburgh `In American govt and Politics Robert Singh presents an outstanding creation to the topic. His procedure is extensive ranging, his examples good chosen and his type is on the market. it'll make an incredible booklet for introductory and extra complicated college classes on US executive. I strongly suggest the ebook to academics and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yank govt, college of Oxford `This is a good written and full of life publication that's a huge addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. one in every of its many virtues is its attractiveness that the textbook this day turns out to be useful to a pupil provided that it hyperlinks to the realm of web-based assets. hugely urged' - Alan Ware, Worcester collage, Oxford

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In terms of broad partisan identities and competing arguments on specific issues, political disagreement tends to revolve around these core values of the American Creed. Once these competing dimensions are taken into account, it becomes easier to understand how Americans with competing views co-exist in the two main parties, with conflicts within the parties traditionally as widespread and important in American politics as those between them (a theme we return to in detail in Chapter 3). AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM: HOW DIFFERENT?

The lure of the future, progress and the ‘Promised Land’ forms a constant theme in American history and language. Americans are demonstrably conservative in seeking the preservation of their existing political values and institutions. But the political ideas that they seek to preserve are liberal – even radical – in nature. AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT POLITICAL CULTURE As a result of this distinctive national identity, regardless of the particular historic reality (Depression in the 1930s, Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s), the distinctive ‘American Dream’ has persisted.

8 shows, social scientists differ on the reasons why America has not seen a successful socialist party. Some focus on the nation’s sociology or history; others on its political system. Either way: The absence of a European aristocratic or feudal past, a relatively egalitarian-status structure, an achievement-oriented value system, comparative affluence, and a history of political democracy prior to industrialization have all operated to produce a system which remains unreceptive to proposals for classconscious leftism.

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