Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy / Edition 1

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An innovative edited textbook, designed for first-time students of American politics. This volume offers an accessible and comprehensive examination of American politics both before and after September 11. Governing America covers the foundations of modern American politics, the structure of American governing institutions, domestic and foreign public policies and a series of contemporary controversies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199250493
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/5/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Singh is Lecturer in Politics and Programme Director of the MSc/MRes in American Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has previously taught at the universities of Oxford, Sussex, Dublin (Trinity College), Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Detailed contents
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About the contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The historical and theoretical context
1 America and the world 13
2 The United States as a divided democracy 32
Pt. 2 Governing institutions
3 The US Constitution 53
4 Federalism 75
5 Political parties and the party system 94
6 Elections 109
7 The mass media 130
8 The federal judiciary 147
9 The presidency 169
10 Congress 189
11 The federal bureaucracy 215
12 Interest groups 229
Pt. 3 Three Public policy
13 Economic policy 249
14 Foreign policy 267
15 Foreign economic policy 286
16 Environmental policy 302
17 Social policy 321
Pt. 4 Issues and controversies
18 Abortion 341
19 Gun control 359
20 Capital punishment 375
21 Gender 391
22 Religion 410
23 Gay rights 428
24 Race and multiculturalism 449
25 American power before and after September 11 467
References 480
App The Constitution of the United States of America 495
Index 505
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