The American Anomaly: U.S. Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective, 3rd Edition: U.S. Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective [NOOK Book]

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Seymour Martin Lipset pronounced over a decade ago, "Someone who knows only one country knows no country." It is well established that students learn the intricacies of American politics better when they are presented in a comparative context. In today’s globalized society and workforce, it is all the more important for students to understand that the American political system is in many ways the exception and not the rule. Introductory textbooks on American government, however, rarely emphasize in sufficient ...

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The American Anomaly: U.S. Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective, 3rd Edition: U.S. Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective

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Overview

Seymour Martin Lipset pronounced over a decade ago, "Someone who knows only one country knows no country." It is well established that students learn the intricacies of American politics better when they are presented in a comparative context. In today’s globalized society and workforce, it is all the more important for students to understand that the American political system is in many ways the exception and not the rule. Introductory textbooks on American government, however, rarely emphasize in sufficient depth how the United States compares to other political systems. And introductions to comparative politics infrequently situate the United States in their analysis.


The American Anomaly systematically analyzes the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policy. Extended case studies in each chapter draw on all the major regions of the world.


Thoroughly revised throughout, the third edition includes:





  • Updates throughout to reflect recent developments, including battles for control of Congress and the White House in 2010 and 2012, the challenges and successes of the Obama presidency, and political developments including the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.



  • The addition of a ready-reference glossary defining key terms, along with a key terms list at the end of each chapter.



  • Updates to examples from other countries, such as changes to the European Union in light of the Eurozone crisis, the weakening of the Mexican state due to surges in drug-related crime, and the growth of China’s global role.



  • A substantive update to the domestic policy and foreign policy chapters.



  • A significant update on online/web-based activism, with particular regard to the expanding role of social media.



  • New tables and charts in each chapter.



  • A companion website also offers overview slides, links, and other supporting features.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Comparison is at the heart of political science, yet many American politics courses are taught as if the world ended at the U.S. border. For instructors who want to break out of this parochialism, The American Anomaly is a godsend. Clear and concise yet wide-ranging, The American Anomaly fits neatly into an introductory course, providing a perspective that will add depth to every facet of the class."
Thomas F. Burke, Wellesley College

"The American Anomaly is a rare introductory text that enables students to explore domestic governmental institutions and political processes from a global perspective. The book is conceptually rich, meticulously documented, and well-written and offers an indispensable framework for a core U.S. politics or government course."
Corey Cook, University of San Francisco

"Smith adroitly situates the American political system in comparative perspective, offering a refreshing take on U.S. government and politics that invites readers to reflect critically on the extent of American exceptionalism and the United States’ international status. Its well-selected case studies, engaging discussions of alternative institutional arrangements, and evenhanded considerations of the pros and cons of the United States’ political practices make The American Anomaly an ideal supplement for American politics courses."
Shamira M. Gelbman, Illinois State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135079116
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,078,382
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Raymond A. Smith is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and New York University and is the author of Importing Democracy: Ideas from around the World to Reform and Revitalize U.S. Politics and Government.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
The Constitutional Order
The American Nation, State, and Regime     3
The U.S. Constitution     19
Federalism     33
Separation of Powers     47
The Institutions of Government
The Executive Branch: The Presidency and the Bureaucracy     69
The Legislative Branch: The Two Houses of Congress     89
The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Courts     107
Political Participation
Voting and Elections     123
Political Parties and Interest Groups     143
Unconventional Political Participation     163
Public Opinion and Political Values     177
Conclusion: The American Anomaly on Balance     195
For Further Study: A Brief Bibliographic Essay on American Exceptionalism     201
Index     205
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