American Politics For Dummies is an engaging andaccessible guide to the inner workings of the U.S. government,cutting through the political jargon, to give you the facts. Thebook begins with the basics, including government structure andprocesses, and later covers current events that make thenews.
The world of American politics can be bewildering to anyone notborn and bred in the U.S.A. This plain-English guide is perfectwhether you are a student or simply fascinated by the world's mostpowerful democracy. From the electoral process to 'specialrelationships', you discover all you need to know with AmericanPolitics For Dummies.
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2014 kicks off the latest round of U.S. Congressional electionand marks the beginning the 2016 Presidential election cycle. Therewill be headlines, there will be debate and there will be news. Ifyou're looking to keep up and understand it all, AmericanPolitics For Dummies is a great place to start.
The author critically examines US foreign policy in a theoretical and historical context, focusing on the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) democracy assistance. It demonstrates that if liberal democracy is the end-goal of USAID’s strategy then the theoretical and practical limitations of transition-inspired assistance will impede the attainment of this goal.
In examining US democracy promotion in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq during the Clinton and Bush administrations, the book concludes by considering its future during the Obama administration.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, US Foreign Policy and Democratization Studies.
A video of a panel discussing Matthew Hill's book and associated topics in more detail can be found here: http://www.sas.ac.uk/videos-and-podcasts/politics-development-human-rights/old-wine-new-bottle-democratisation-lessons-af