From the attempt to impeach Bill Clinton to the 2000 elections andGeorge W. Bush's presidency, American politics has been marked bycontroversy. American Politics and Society Today analysesthese events and provides a lively and authoritative analysis ofcontemporary politics in the United States.
Bringing together a series of leading scholars, the volumecomprises ten important, engaging and critical essays on thecomplex character of America's divided democracy. Challengingconventional textbook wisdoms, the collection provides newinterpretations on American government institutions, publicpolicies and popular culture from jazz and rap to TheSimpsons and South Park. Consistently stimulating,readable and provocative, the book allows readers to make their owninformed and dispassionate assessment of the current state of the‘American experiment'.
American Politics and Society Today will be ofsubstantial interest to undergraduate and graduate students ofAmerican politics and history, comparative politics, public policyand cultural studies.
About the Author
Robert Singh is Lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Table of Contents
List of Tables.
List of Contributors.
Introduction: Dubya's Divided Democracy: RobertSingh.
1 Reaching Across the Atlantic: Ideological Aspiration andInstitutional Constraints in the United States and Britain: MarcStears.
2 A New Electoral Disorder? The American Elections of 2000:Robert Singh.
3 Race, Representation and Elections: The Politics of Partiesand Courts: Paul Frymer.
4 ‘If You're Disgusted with Us, I Don't Blame You':Television and American Politics Today: Robert Mason.
5 The Rehnquist Court's Partial Revolution: PaulMartin.
6 The Presidency and Congress: A Trifocal Approach: NigelBowles.
7 The Politics of Power-Sharing: The Case of Welfare Overhaul:Fiona Ross.
8 Does Gender Matter? Women in American Politics: AbigailHalcli.
9 Multiculturalism and the End of Jazz: Desmond King andJulian Murphet.
10 Subverting American Values? The Simpsons, SouthPark and the Cartoon Culture War: Robert Singh.