This highly acclaimed introduction to the essential elements of the American political system is now available in a new edition, having been fully revised and updated to take into account the considerable developments in American politics over the last ten years.
Written in an accessible manner, Politics in the USA establishes a framework from which to understand the intricacies of politics in the world's most powerful nation. This new edition provides students with:
- essential background and history of the American political system as well as an explanation of the key structures, processes and institutions
- a chapter on the significant developments in US foreign policy under Clinton and George W. Bush
- analysis of Bush's Presidency and the rise of neo-conservatism
- discussion of controversial issues such as gun control, abortion, gay rights, and stem cell research
- suggestions for further reading and websites in each chapter.
This is the most accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on American politics and will be of interest to students of American politics and international relations and politics.
Table of Contents
1. A Government of Limited Power: The Challenge of American History 2. The Nature of American Politics Models of Politics 3. The Two-Party System 4. Politics and Elections 5. Pressure Politics 6. Congressional Politics 7. Presidential Politics 8. The Media and Politics 9. Politics and the Administration 10. Politics and the Judiciary 11. The Making of American Domestic Policy 12. The Making of American Foreign Policy Appendices 1. The Constitution of the United States 2. Factual Tables 3. Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States 4. Chief Justices of the United States Supreme Court 5. Presidential Elections; The Popular Vote and Electoral College Votes, 1932–2004 6. The Composition of Congress, 1933–2005
M. J. C. Vile is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kent.