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US politics today
Author:
Ashbee, Edward.
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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vii, 240 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780719054631

9780719054648
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Book

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This volume offers a broad introduction to US government. As well as looking at institutions such as the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court, the book looks at the social and cultural context within which political issues are discussed. It also surveys controversies and arguments. Should, for example, the institutions created in the US constitution be seen as too weak or too strong? Can the US still be seen as a federal nation, or are all significant decisions taken in Washington, DC? Is the American law-making process in the grip of lobbyists. The book also includes ways of taking the subject further by listing follow-up reading, identifying useful Internet sites and providing a guide to relevant cinema films.


Summary

This broad introduction to US government looks at institutions such as the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as the social and cultural context within which political issues are discussed. It also surveys controversies and arguments. Should, for example, the institutions created in the US constitution be seen as too weak or too strong? Can the US still be seen as a federal nation, or are all significant decisions taken in Washington DC? Is the American lawmaking process in the grip of lobbyists?


Author Notes

Edward Ashbee is Head of Social Studies at Denstone College.

Nigel Ashford is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Staffordshire University.


Table of Contents

List of tablesp. vi
Preface and acknowledgementsp. vii
Map of the USAp. ix
I Diversity and consensus
1 Differences and divisionsp. 2
2 A shared culturep. 18
3 The US Constitutionp. 33
II The institutions of government
4 The US Supreme Courtp. 50
5 Congressp. 68
6 The presidentp. 87
7 The federal bureaucracyp. 112
8 Federalism: state and local governmentp. 128
III Parties, elections and interest groups
9 Political partiesp. 144
10 Elections and campaignsp. 166
11 Interest groupsp. 195
Appendices
I The US since 1789: a brief chronologyp. 214
II The US Constitutionp. 218
Indexp. 235
List of tablesp. vi
Preface and acknowledgementsp. vii
Map of the USAp. ix
I Diversity and consensus
1 Differences and divisionsp. 2
2 A shared culturep. 18
3 The US Constitutionp. 33
II The institutions of government
4 The US Supreme Courtp. 50
5 Congressp. 68
6 The presidentp. 87
7 The federal bureaucracyp. 112
8 Federalism: state and local governmentp. 128
III Parties, elections and interest groups
9 Political partiesp. 144
10 Elections and campaignsp. 166
11 Interest groupsp. 195
Appendices
I The US since 1789: a brief chronologyp. 214
II The US Constitutionp. 218
Indexp. 235