Developments in American Politics 5 / Edition 5

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The period since 2001 has been one of anxiety and uncertainty as the United States has attempted to come to terms with the implications of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. This entirely new text written by a team of leading authorities assesses how well the American system of government and constitution has coped. It also considers the deep cultural and ideological divisions that have emerged in recent years within American society and the changing position and perceptions of America in the world outside.

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International scholars assess government, politics, and policy in the US, focusing on trends of the 1990s. Part I concentrates on the institutional framework of American government, and Part II examines parties, pressure groups, and the electoral system and the ways in which these forces shape public opinion and the political agenda. Part III surveys economic, social, and foreign policy, and Part IV provides brief overviews of controversial issues such as affirmative action and education. Part V assesses the state of American politics at the century's end. This edition contains all new material. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403987068
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 36
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

GILLIAN PEELE is Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. CHRISTOPHER J. BAILEY is Professor of American Politics, University of Keele. BRUCE CAIN is Robson Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. B. GUY PETERS is Maurice Falk Professor of Government, University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Tables, Figures and Maps
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Map of the United States of America
1 Introduction: The United States in the 1990s 1
Pt. 1 The Institutional Framework
2 The Presidency 19
3 Congress and Partisan Change 42
4 The Supreme Court and the Constitution 71
5 The Federal Bureaucracy 97
6 The Changing Federal System 114
Pt. 2 Dynamics
7 Political Parties 137
8 Interest Groups in National Politics 162
9 Electoral Politics 183
Pt. 3 Public Policy
10 Economic Policy 211
11 Social Policy 230
12 Foreign Policy 252
Pt. 4 Contemporary Issues
13 Education Policy 277
14 Affirmative Action and the Politics of Race 292
15 Campaign-finance Reform 307
16 The Regional City: Governance and Competitiveness in Pittsburgh 320
17 The Media and U.S. Politics 337
Pt. 5 American Politics at the Century's End: An Overview
18 The American Political System in Transition to a New Century 357
Guide to Further Reading 383
Bibliography 387
Index 412
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