Understanding American Politics

Understanding American Politics

by Stephen Brooks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802096719

ISBN-13: 9780802096715

Pub. Date: 04/28/2009

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division

Too often the politics of the United States is taught in a way that ignores the rest of the world. Understanding American Politics takes a different approach than most standard introductory textbooks by situating the United States in a comparative context.

The text weaves its analysis around the concept of American exceptionalism—not American

Overview

Too often the politics of the United States is taught in a way that ignores the rest of the world. Understanding American Politics takes a different approach than most standard introductory textbooks by situating the United States in a comparative context.

The text weaves its analysis around the concept of American exceptionalism—not American superiority, but American difference—a concept that is at least as old as Tocqueville's monumental study of American democracy. Brooks believes that it is only when we take seriously the values that make America exceptional that we can truly understand politics and governance in the United States.

Offering up-to-date coverage of the institutions and processes of American politics (including the 2008 election), Brooks helps students consider how the rest of the world might view and appreciate Americans, their political systems, and their values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802096715
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
407
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface

Map of the United States

Part I: Introduction

1. American Exceptionalism

Part II: Ideas and Behavior

2. Political Culture

3. Religion and Politics

4. A Values Gap?

Part III: Structures of Government

5. The Constitution

6. Institutions of Government

Part IV: Participation and Power

7. Civic Participation

8. Equality

9. Parties and Elections

10. Who Rules America?

Part V: Foreign Policy

11. America in the World

Appendices:

1. The Declaration of Independece

2. Federalist Papers Nos. 10 and 51

3. The Constitution of the United States

4. Presidents of the United States

5. Congressional Caucuses and Committees

Selected Bibliography

Index

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