By Robert Singh

American executive and Politics is a very new introductory textbook designed and written for all scholars of politics coming to the topic for the 1st time. It presents a full of life and obtainable advent and advisor to all of the major beneficial properties and features of 1 of the main targeted and intricate modern political platforms on the earth. From the impeachment of invoice Clinton, to the talk surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September eleven, scholars will achieve a balanced and significant figuring out of all of the key concerns and debates in modern American executive and politics at the present time. a couple of key underlying issues contain: - the character of yank values and identification - the impact of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to provide family and international coverage. Key beneficial properties comprise: - entire thesaurus of keyword phrases - dialogue and precis containers - net hyperlinks and courses to extra analyzing Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck collage, London. American govt and Politics: A Concise advent is the basis better half textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released through SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely prepared and informative textbook that mixes to an surprisingly excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately got knowledge. this can be an admirable booklet' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's university, Oxford `Full of topical details and written with gleaming readability, this publication is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating scholar' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yankee heritage, collage of Edinburgh `In American govt and Politics Robert Singh offers a very good advent to the topic. His strategy is broad ranging, his examples good chosen and his sort is on the market. it'll make a terrific ebook for introductory and extra complicated college classes on US executive. I strongly suggest the e-book to academics and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yank govt, college of Oxford `This is a good written and vigorous publication that's a massive addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. certainly one of its many virtues is its popularity that the textbook at the present time comes in handy to a scholar provided that it hyperlinks to the realm of web-based assets. hugely urged' - Alan Ware, Worcester university, Oxford

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The New Deal, the racially and culturally conservative American Independence Party of 1968, and Ross Perot in 1992). The flexibility of the two-party system helped to co-opt or respond to discontent, with one or both main parties embracing any insurgent movements. Repression (Red Scares in 1919, McCarthyism in late 1940s/1950s) helped to punish ‘subversives’ and discourage others from joining their ranks. 9 Explaining American exceptionalism Although this chapter has emphasized the importance of values to American political development, many academics disagree on their centrality.

8 21 Why no socialism? SOCIETAL EXPLANATIONS • • • • • • • • The absence of feudalism minimized the existence of class consciousness around entrenched social divisions and reinforced the individualist ethos of American political culture. Americanism or the American Creed came to be ‘surrogate socialism’, in which the ‘liberal tradition’ was rapidly entrenched as the dominant public philosophy: promoting a ‘socialist conception of capitalism’ in which each American is free and equal to become unequal.

2 notes four dimensions on which Americans typically express different attitudes towards government from the peoples of other nations. As the Republican Senator, Conrad Burns, noted, his constituents’ attitudes towards the federal government were simple: ‘Defend our shores. Deliver our mail. And we’ll call you when we need you’ (Esler, 1997: 287–8). This does not mean that Americans do not accept government benefits. 2 and tax breaks for corporations. The federal government provides supremely efficient and powerful armed forces (the biggest single source of employment in America is the Department of Defense, or ‘Pentagon’), a national postage service and old age pensions.

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