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Issues in American Politics Polarized politics in the age of Obama

Edited By John Dumbrell Copyright 2013
    208 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This wide ranging book provides readers with a reliable and lively guide to contemporary American political practices, processes and institutions.

    Essays in the proposed volume will cover phenomena such as the Tea Party upsurge in the Republican Party, Obama’s health care reforms, recent changes to campaign funding emanating from the key Citizens’ United Supreme Court decision, US foreign policy after the War on Terror, Obama's presidential strategy and issues relating to polarisation and partisanship in US politics.

    This work is essential reading for all students of American Politics and US Foreign Policy. 

    Introduction: Issues In American Politics: Polarized Politics In The Age Of Obama John Dumbrell 1. Barack Obama And The Strategic Presidency George C. Edwards III 2. The Problem Of Presidential Strategy Jon Herbert 3. Health Politics And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Daniel Beland And Alex Wadden  4. The Obama Administration, The Promise Of Reform And The Role Of Business Interests Edward Ashbee 5. The Quest For Renewed Economic Prosperity: Us Economic Policy In The 21st Century Iwan Morgan  6. The Culture War: Is America Polarizing? Andrew Wroe 7. The Onward March Of (Asymmetric) Polarization In The Contemporary Congress John E. Owens 8. Never Mind The Details: Here’s The Tea Party Clodagh Harrington  9. The Sarah Palin Phenomenon: The Washington-Hollywood-Wall Street Syndrome In American Politics, And More ... Clive Thomas  10. Contemporary Elections Philip Davies 11. American Campaign Finance In Comparative Perspective Dean Mcsweeney 12. The Ever Weakening Wall?: The Roberts Supreme Court And The Church-State Debate Emma Long


    John Dumbrell is Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK.

    Featuring contributions from leading commentators on contemporary US politics, this book is an excellent guide to understanding the Obama Administration and the domestic challenges it has faced.

    Mark Phythian, University of Leicester, UK.

    John Dumbrell has brought together a collection of first rate scholars to review President Obama's first term.  Whether you agree or disagree with the Obama policy agenda, this book will enable you to understand his presidency from a sophisticated perspective.

    James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University, USA.

    This collection of essays, edited by one of Britain's leading authorities on America, is essential reading for those wishing to understand the Obama presidency and the polarized political culture in which he has tried to lead.

    Mark White, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

     John Dumbrell has pulled together an outstanding set of essays on modern American politics . These  not only illustrate  how polarized the United States has become in the age of Bush and Obama.  They also reveal – once more – what  a  fascinating  and exceptional  country  America remains. This is by far the most penetrating  and wide-ranging volume on  the key issues now facing the US in the opening decades of the 21st century.

    Michael Cox, London School of Economics, UK.