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American executive and Politics is a very new introductory textbook designed and written for all scholars of politics coming to the topic for the 1st time. It presents a full of life and available advent and consultant to all of the major beneficial properties and features of 1 of the main unique and intricate modern political platforms on the earth. From the impeachment of invoice Clinton, to the debate surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September eleven, scholars will achieve a balanced and important realizing of the entire key matters and debates in modern American govt and politics this present day. a few key underlying issues comprise: - the character of yankee values and id - the impact of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to provide family and international coverage. Key positive aspects comprise: - finished word list of keywords - dialogue and precis containers - internet hyperlinks and courses to extra examining Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck collage, London. American executive and Politics: A Concise advent is the basis spouse textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released via SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely equipped and informative textbook that mixes to an surprisingly excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of favor and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately acquired knowledge. this is often an admirable ebook' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's collage, Oxford `Full of topical details and written with gleaming readability, this publication is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating pupil' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yankee historical past, college of Edinburgh `In American govt and Politics Robert Singh presents an outstanding advent to the topic. His strategy is huge ranging, his examples good chosen and his variety is obtainable. it'll make an awesome booklet for introductory and extra complicated collage classes on US executive. I strongly suggest the publication to lecturers and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yankee govt, collage of Oxford `This is a good written and vigorous booklet that's a huge addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. one in every of its many virtues is its acceptance that the textbook at the present time comes in handy to a scholar provided that it hyperlinks to the area of web-based assets. hugely advised' - Alan Ware, Worcester university, Oxford

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The latter are conveyed to the corridors of government power – executive, legislature and judiciary – through political parties, interest groups, bureaucratic agencies and the mass media. How far the Framers of the Constitution and subsequent generations of Americans have succeeded in their original goals – not least in reconciling the need for effective government with respect for individual freedoms and rights – is a question to which the rest of this book offers some answers. FURTHER READING Seymour Mar tin Lipset, American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword (1996) is an excellent summar y of the key ideas.

CONCLUSION Politics is a dynamic, not a static, process – especially in America. Too often, its dynamism can be neglected in focusing on the structural features of government that suggest an excessively formalistic, static and unchanging picture that stresses ‘government’ at the expense of ‘politics’. We can Americanism isolate as separate categories the social base, governing institutions, and intermediary institutions for purposes of academic analysis. But the ‘down and dirty’ reality is that these three dimensions feed into each other continuously, producing a complex democratic system that, despite its apparent continuity in governing arrangements, is constantly facing challenge and undergoing change.

Instead, blacks before, during and after the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s have appealed to the core values of the American Creed to try to convince their compatriots to make its idealistic promise of freedom, equality and justice a reality for all citizens. Clearly, then, this notion of Americanism represents a vastly different set of ideas from 11 those found elsewhere in the world. In France, for example, where the Tricolour flag is flown widely and where intense political divisions over the monarchy, class, region and religion have existed since 1789, political opponents rarely describe each other as ‘unFrench’.

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