New to the 12th edition
In addition to a thorough updating of examples, detail, and data, the following items are either wholly new or considerably expanded in this edition:
- The mixed legacy of the Obama administration on civil liberties, foreign policy, health care, immigration, and especially the environment, and the mounting jeopardy to the global environment posed by record-breaking global warming and pollution.
- The recently developed variegations in conservatism: The Tea Party movement, the expanding political importance of religious extremists, and the growing incivility of its extremists.
- The Great Recession, its causes and its political fallout.
- The US tax system’s mal-distribution of wealth and its implications for the middle class and American democracy.
- The reemergence of authoritarianism in the Developing World and Russia.
- China’s continuing economic miracle while maintaining a firm grip on the political system, if through official corruption, but also suffering serious social, environmental, and health problems.
- The transfer of power from Fidel to Raoul Castro, and the rapprochement of the US and Cuba.
- Right-wing extremism mounting in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
- The growing salience of Islamism, the Iran nuclear deal, and the transformation of the Arab Spring to the Islamist Winter.
- Terrorism’s increasing acceptance in certain quarters, especially the spread of ISIS in the Middle-East and its mounting threat to the globe via sleeper cells and lone-wolf attacks.
- The spreading strength of feminism in the Developing World, and a renewed focus on the gender wage gap and same-sex marriage in the West.
About the author
Leon P. Baradat is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at MiraCosta College.
John A. Phillipsis Professor of Political Science at MiraCosta College.