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Title:
Politics in the USA
Author:
Vile, M. J. C.
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Edition:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
ix, 237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1490 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780415187299

9780415187305
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Book

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Summary

Summary

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Summary

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Author Notes

M.J.C.Vile is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kent.


M.J.C.Vile is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kent.


Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
1 A government of limited powersp. 1
The challenge of American history
Federalism
The separation of powers
The Bill of Rights
Unity and diversity
Politics and the Constitution
2 The nature of American politicsp. 17
Models of politics
Sectionalism and nationalism
The pluralist nature of politics
Class
Urban-rural-suburban politics
Pluralism in American politics
The role of individualism and personality
3 The two-party systemp. 40
Fifty party systems
The presidential and the congressional parties
Why two parties?
Grass roots democracy
Local politics
The structure of the parties
Party organisation
Campaign finances
The ideological content of American politics
Liberalism and conservatism
Extremism and violence
The clash on issues
4 Politics and electionsp. 65
Caucuses and primary elections
The national conventions
The campaign and the Electoral College
House and Senate elections
Elections and the states
5 Pressure politicsp. 87
Group pluralism
Interest groups and organisation
Business interest groups
Labour and politics
The farmers and the government
Public interest and cause groups
Interest groups at work
6 Congressional politicsp. 102
The parameters of congressional power
Party discipline and party unity
Influences on congressional voting behaviour
The structure of Congress
Congressional leadership
The Speaker
The majority and minority floor leaders
Party committees
The House Rules Committee
The filibuster in the Senate
The congressional committee system
Conference committees
The presidential veto power
Congressional control of finance
Other control functions
Congress and policy making
7 Presidential politicsp. 128
The political functions of the President
The powers of the President
Checks to presidential power
Party chief and national leader
The institutions of the Presidency
The Cabinet
The Executive Office of the President
The White House Office
The National Security Council
The Office of Management and Budget
The Council of Economic Advisers
The problem of the Presidency
The parameters of power
The Twenty-Second Amendment
The power of the Presidency
8 Politics and the administrationp. 156
The structure of the administration
The executive departments
The independent regulatory commissions
Government corporations
The Federal civil service
Congress and the Federal service
Presidential control of the administration
Administration and the Federal system
9 Politics and the judiciaryp. 170
The Supreme Court and judicial review
The Supreme Court as policy maker
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
Baker v. Carr, 1962
The Steel Seizure Case: Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co v. Sawyer, 1952
The nature of judicial review
The structure of the judicial system
The judicial process
Politics and the judges
Studies of judicial behaviour
The judicial activism of the Warren Court
The role of the Court today
Congress and the Court
The Court and public opinion
10 The making of policy in modern Americap. 193
The Roosevelt system
The new political system
The new American nationalism
Democracy in the United States
Health care reform
Welfare reform and divided government
The politics of abortion
Cuba and Helms
Burton
Policy making in America
Appendix 1 The Constitution of the United States of Americap. 209
Appendix 2 Factual tables
1 Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United Statesp. 226
2 Chief Justices of the United States Supreme Courtp. 227
3 Presidential elections: the Popular Vote and Electoral College votes, 1932-96p. 228
4 Composition of Congress, 1933-98p. 229
Select bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 231
List of illustrationsp. xi
1 A government of limited powersp. 1
The challenge of American history
Federalism
The separation of powers
The Bill of Rights
Unity and diversity
Politics and the Constitution
2 The nature of American politicsp. 17
Models of politics
Sectionalism and nationalism
The pluralist nature of politics
Class
Urban-rural-suburban politics
Pluralism in American politics
The role of individualism and personality
3 The two-party systemp. 40
Fifty party systems
The presidential and the congressional parties
Why two parties?
Grass roots democracy
Local politics
The structure of the parties
Party organisation
Campaign finances
The ideological content of American politics
Liberalism and conservatism
Extremism and violence
The clash on issues
4 Politics and electionsp. 65
Caucuses and primary elections
The national conventions
The campaign and the Electoral College
House and Senate elections
Elections and the states
5 Pressure politicsp. 87
Group pluralism
Interest groups and organisation
Business interest groups
Labour and politics
The farmers and the government
Public interest and cause groups
Interest groups at work
6 Congressional politicsp. 102
The parameters of congressional power
Party discipline and party unity
Influences on congressional voting behaviour
The structure of Congress
Congressional leadership
The Speaker
The majority and minority floor leaders
Party committees
The House Rules Committee
The filibuster in the Senate
The congressional committee system
Conference committees
The presidential veto power
Congressional control of finance
Other control functions
Congress and policy making
7 Presidential politicsp. 128
The political functions of the President
The powers of the President
Checks to presidential power
Party chief and national leader
The institutions of the Presidency
The Cabinet
The Executive Office of the President
The White House Office
The National Security Council
The Office of Management and Budget
The Council of Economic Advisers
The problem of the Presidency
The parameters of power
The Twenty-Second Amendment
The power of the Presidency
8 Politics and the administrationp. 156
The structure of the administration
The executive departments
The independent regulatory commissions
Government corporations
The Federal civil service
Congress and the Federal service
Presidential control of the administration
Administration and the Federal system
9 Politics and the judiciaryp. 170
The Supreme Court and judicial review
The Supreme Court as policy maker
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954
Baker v. Carr, 1962
The Steel Seizure Case: Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co v. Sawyer, 1952
The nature of judicial review
The structure of the judicial system
The judicial process
Politics and the judges
Studies of judicial behaviour
The judicial activism of the Warren Court
The role of the Court today
Congress and the Court
The Court and public opinion
10 The making of policy in modern Americap. 193
The Roosevelt system
The new political system
The new American nationalism
Democracy in the United States
Health care reform
Welfare reform and divided government
The politics of abortion
Cuba and Helms
Burton
Policy making in America
Appendix 1 The Constitution of the United States of Americap. 209
Appendix 2 Factual tables
1 Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United Statesp. 226
2 Chief Justices of the United States Supreme Courtp. 227
3 Presidential elections: the Popular Vote and Electoral College votes, 1932-96p. 228
4 Composition of Congress, 1933-98p. 229
Select bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 231

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