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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 creation and advisor to all of the major positive aspects and features of 1 of the main distinct 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 demanding figuring out of all of the key matters and debates in modern American govt and politics at the present time. a few key underlying issues comprise: - the character of yank values and identification - the impact of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to supply household and overseas coverage. Key gains contain: - finished thesaurus of key phrases - dialogue and precis containers - net hyperlinks and publications to extra analyzing Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck university, London. American executive and Politics: A Concise creation is the basis significant other textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released by way of SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely prepared and informative textbook that mixes to an strangely excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately got knowledge. this is often an admirable publication' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's university, Oxford `Full of topical info and written with gleaming readability, this publication is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating scholar' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yank heritage, college of Edinburgh `In American executive and Politics Robert Singh offers a very good creation to the topic. His method is extensive ranging, his examples good chosen and his type is out there. it'll make an awesome e-book for introductory and extra complicated college classes on US govt. I strongly suggest the ebook to lecturers and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yankee executive, college of Oxford `This is a good written and full of life publication that's a big addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. considered one of its many virtues is its acceptance that the textbook this present day turns out to be useful to a scholar provided that it hyperlinks to the realm of web-based assets. hugely prompt' - Alan Ware, Worcester collage, Oxford

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In this view, since the Civil War, America has faced many profound problems but none of a scale and nature that have achieved a radical shift in the basis of the American political, social or economic order. authority, and their embodiment in government; and the profound religious commitments and activism that still strongly underpin most Americans’ values and beliefs. Together, these features distinguish America strongly from its democratic peers. The movies, music and food consumed in Paris and Prague may be increasingly similar to those in Pittsburgh and El Paso but that cannot mask the substantial gulf in values, beliefs and attitudes that separates America from the rest of the world.

In what respects, if any, is America still ‘exceptional’? 2 T he US Constitution We’ve got a fantastic Constitution. President Geor ge W. Bush, Januar y 15, 2002 I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was for ever ‘fixed’ at th Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, fo esight and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers par ticularly pr ofound. T o the contrar y, the gover nment they devised was defective fr om the star t, r equiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transfor mation to attain the system of constitutional gover nment, and its r espect for individual fr eedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.

This chapter has emphasized the foundational values that Americans adhere to since these shape their attitudes, beliefs and behaviour in profound and complicated ways. In 23 turn, the governing institutions that generate public policy do so through responding to each other and the mass public. 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.

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