Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation

Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation

by Peter H. Schuck
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586486950

ISBN-13: 9781586486952

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: PublicAffairs


The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays, some of the nation’s best scholars and thinkers take on the weighty task of sizing up Goliath in a way Americans and others can comprehend. These twenty studies in American exceptionalism provide a solidly researched and in-depth analysis on the

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The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays, some of the nation’s best scholars and thinkers take on the weighty task of sizing up Goliath in a way Americans and others can comprehend. These twenty studies in American exceptionalism provide a solidly researched and in-depth analysis on the current state of our institutions, our values, and our challenges for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586486952
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
808,364
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 American Institutions and Culture

1 The Political System Nelson W. Polsby 3

2 Bureaucracy Donald F. Kettl 27

3 The Legal System Lawrence M. Friedman 61

4 The Economic System Benjamin M. Friedman 87

5 Federalism Martha Derthick 121

6 Political Culture Jack Citrin 147

7 The Media S. Robert Lichter 181

8 Popular Culture Martha Bayles 219

9 The Military Eliot Cohen 247

10 Religion Robert Wuthnow 275

Part 2 American Public Policies

11 The Family Linda J. Waite Melissa J. K. Howe 309

12 Immigration Peter H. Schuck 341

13 Black Americans Orlando Patterson 375

14 Education Paul E. Peterson 411

15 Health Care David Cutler Patricia Keenan 449

16 Criminal Justice James Q. Wilson 475

17 Inequality, Economic Mobility, and Social Policy Gary Burtless Ron Haskins 495

18 Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector Arthur C. Brooks 539

19 Drug Policy Jonathan P. Caulkins Mark A. R. Kleiman 563

Part 3 A Larger Perspective

20 A Canvas, Not a Country: How Europe Sees America Josef Joffe 597

21 Looking Back Peter H. Schuck James Q. Wilson 627

Notes 645

Contributors 689

Index 693

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