This title was first published in 2000: An examination of some of the key themes and issues central to the understanding of the contemporary political scene in the USA at the beginning of the 21st century. Bringing together the work of a number of academics with expertise in the field, it focuses on the state of American democracy and the working of the nation's governmental and political institutions. The topics covered include: American society and the politics of "Balkanisation"; party politics in Congress since the Republican takeover of control; presidential power and the experience of the Clinton presidency; the making of foreign policy; the office of independent counsel after the Starr report; the Rehnquist Supreme Court in a post-civil rights era; the influence of the Christian right; the Republican Party policy agenda; campaign finance reform; elections, voting behaviour and campaigning; and the reshaping of the federal system.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Alan Grant. 1. America Divided: The Politics of 'Balkanization', Edward Ashbee. 2. Congress after the 'Revolution': The Continuing Problems of Governance in a Partisan Era, John E. Owens. 3. Presidential Power and the Clinton Presidency, Tim Hames. 4. Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Making, John Dumbrell. 5. Prosecutorial Politics and the Future of the Independent Counsel, Peter Falconer. 6. In Search of a Role: The Supreme Court in a Post-Civil Rights Era, Robert McKeever. 7. The Christian Right in American Politics, Martin Durham. 8. The Contract and Beyond: The Republican Policy Agenda, Nigel Ashford. 9. The Reform of Election Campaign Finance, Alan Grant. 10. Elections, Voting and Campaigning at the Start of the Twenty-first Century, Philip John Davies. 11. Devolution and the Reshaping of American Federalism, Alan Grant.