The Oxford Companion to American Politics

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The two-volume Oxford Companion to American Politics is the first reference work to provide detailed, in-depth coverage of all aspects of American Politics. Entries written by top scholars of American Politics surpass all previous reference material on the subject and provide scholars and students with ready access to sophisticated, comprehensive material. Long entries form the core of the book, covering such topics as climate change, terrorism, welfare policies, nuclear proliferation, voting behavior, and think ...

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Overview

The two-volume Oxford Companion to American Politics is the first reference work to provide detailed, in-depth coverage of all aspects of American Politics. Entries written by top scholars of American Politics surpass all previous reference material on the subject and provide scholars and students with ready access to sophisticated, comprehensive material. Long entries form the core of the book, covering such topics as climate change, terrorism, welfare policies, nuclear proliferation, voting behavior, and think tanks. Each of these entries include high-level scrutiny of the literature, history, and future of the topic. The Companion also includes a number of entries from the 2001 Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, revised as necessary to bring coverage of such topics as foreign aid, and nuclear weapons up to date.

In the current context of political gridlock, international tension, economic underperformance, and social division, scholars of American politics need to focus on more than the inner workings of their own political institutions-they must approach their work with as wide an understanding as possible. It is vital that they quickly and easily acquire knowledge of our contemporary international, as well as domestic, economic, social, and cultural conditions. The Oxford Companion to American Politics has been designed precisely to meet the full range of those needs.

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"The writing style of this title is vintage Oxford-straightforward, technically professional, and expository, without accompanying photos, charts, or graphs. There is a tremendous amount of information offered here, and this set will be welcome in academic and larger public library reference collections." —Booklist

"High school and college libraries needing a compact and intelligent overview of topics will find this a well-organized, well-written, and useful addition to their collections." —Library Journal

"Overall this is a useful work for students wanting a broad introduction to modern political issues. Recommended." —CHOICE

Library Journal
This set updates information from Oxford's Companion to the Politics of the World (2001) and adds topics specific to American political thought. Coates (Anglo-American studies, Wake Forest Univ.; Answering Back: Liberal Responses to Conservative Arguments) has done an impressive job of finding scholars and collecting essays (ranging from about two to ten pages each) on economy, finance, social programs, health care, education, key people (particularly men active in their fields since the 1960s), and political ideology. Entries such as "Big Pharma" and "Walmart Stores" keep company with "Keynesianism," "Darfur," "Trade Unions," and "Globalization." Most essays are non-partisan, laying out the beliefs on both sides of a question and drawing no conclusions, though a few seem to urge readers toward a particular view—that more money should be spent on AIDS research, for example, or that a walled border between the United States and Mexico could not have a "positive societal return." Some essays follow a historical time line. The list of entries, topical outline, and index (running to almost 100 pages) make it easy to find topics such as the Arab Spring or the Black Panthers that do not have their own entries but are discussed within other essays. VERDICT High school and college libraries needing a compact and intelligent overview of topics will find this a well-organized, well-written, and useful addition to their collections.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX
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Meet the Author

David Coates is the Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University. His publications include A Liberal Tool Kit: Progressive Answers to Conservative Arguments (Praeger 2007) and several sets of works on contemporary political economy and labor politics.

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