American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction

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American Government and Politics is a completely new introductory textbook designed and written for all students of politics coming to the subject for the first time. It provides a lively and accessible introduction and guide to all the main features and characteristics of one of the most distinctive and complex contemporary political systems in the world.

From the impeachment of Bill Clinton, to the controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September 11, students will gain a balanced and critical understanding of all the key issues and debates in contemporary American government and politics today.

A number of key underlying themes include:

- the nature of American values and identity

- the influence of the constitution on political development

- the ways in which key governing institutions function to produce domestic and foreign policy.

Key features include:

- comprehensive glossary of key terms

- discussion and summary boxes

- web links and guides to further reading

Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, London.

American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction is the foundation companion text to Contemporary American Politics: Issues and Controversies also published by SAGE.

`Rob Singh has written a finely organized and informative textbook that combines to an unusually high degree analytical clarity, accessibility of style and form, and an enlightened scepticism about received wisdom. This is an admirable book' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's College, Oxford

`Full of topical information and written with sparkling clarity, this book is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating student' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of American History, University of Edinburgh

`In American Government and Politics Robert Singh provides an excellent introduction to the subject. His approach is wide ranging, his examples well selected and his style is accessible. It will make an ideal book for introductory and more advanced university courses on US government. I strongly recommend the book to teachers and students' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of American Government, University of Oxford

`This is a well written and lively book that is an important addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. One of its many virtues is its recognition that the textbook today is useful to a student only if it links to the world of web-based resources. Highly recommended' - Alan Ware, Worcester College, Oxford

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Robert S. Singh has been a member of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck since April 1999. He was educated at Christ Church and Nuffield College, both University of Oxford, from where he graduated with a first class BA Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1989) and a DPhil in Politics (1994). He also spent a year as a visiting graduate exchange student at Yale University in 1990-91. Before coming to Birkbeck, he held fixed term College Lectureships at Oriel, University, Christ Church and Queen's Colleges, Oxford (1991-94) and permanent Lectureships in Politics at Trinity College, Dublin (1994-96) and the University of Edinburgh (1996-99). His main interest is the politics of United States foreign policy but he has also written extensively on domestic US politics.

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Publisher
SAGE
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Published on
Nov 14, 2002
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Pages
342
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ISBN
9781446236468
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / General
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Contemporary American Politics provides a comprehensive introduction to the most salient topics of debate in contemporary American politics and society today.

The text introduces and explains the history, nature and underlying issues to the key areas of political division and conflict in America's on-going `culture war', including, abortion, gun control, capital punishment, pornography, gay rights and drugs.

All students will gain a deeper and critical understanding of how this powerful set of concerns continue to underpin and shape the fundamental divisions informing American domestic politics at local, state and federal levels.

Completely up-to-date and featuring chapter summaries, exhibit boxes, discussion questions, weblinks and further reading guides, Contemporary American Politics offers a lively and accessible text that will be essential reading for all students of American politics and society.

Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck College, London. Contemporary American Politics: Issues and Controversies is a companion text to the foundation textbook American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction also published by SAGE.

`In this volume the political scientist Robert Singh has selected and analyzed closely a set of topical issues and controversies in American politics - including gun control, capital punishment and cultural wars - as a way better to understand the United States. The result is an excellent text which conveys both the diversity of contemporary America and the complexity of issues often treated superficially in media accounts. I recommend the book highly' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of American Government, University of Oxford

`Rob Singh is a master of style, and his book is the perfect companion for those who are interested in America's "culture wars" but hitherto have been put off by the execrable jargon they have spawned' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of American History, University of Edinburgh

`For those who still believe that politics is normally, naturally, about economics, Rob Singh has gathered the evidence and dialed the wake-up call: seven major instances of an ongoing culture war meet a common analytic framework here in a lively and informative fashion' - Byron E Shafer, University of Wisconsin

`For the student this is the perfect complement to a textbook. American politics is not just about institutions and processes, but also about current political issues and debates. Robert Singh's interesting book illuminates a range of social and cultural issues that divide Americans in the 21st century. All undergraduate courses on American politics should include it on reading lists for seminars, tutorials and classes' - Alan Ware, Worcester College, Oxford

The presidency of George W. Bush has been widely regarded as having occasioned one of the most dramatic shifts in the history of American foreign policy. The US interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the declaration of a ‘war on terrorism’ and the enunciation of a ‘Bush Doctrine’ of unrivalled military power, ‘regime change’ for ‘rogue states’, and preventive and pre-emptive war together generated unprecedented divisions in the international community.

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part one examines the extent of the Bush administration’s break with prior American foreign policy. in Part two, region and country-specific experts assess the responses to the Bush Doctrine and the interaction of domestic and international politics that shaped these. They explore how governments, political parties, the media and public opinion react to US foreign policy and assess the implications for domestic, regional and international politics. part three examines the likely long-term implications of the Bush Doctrine in relation to a set of major thematic issues including: war and peace; the global economy; human rights and the UN.

Providing a balanced and dispassionate assessment of continuity and change in American foreign policy, national/regional responses to it, and the impact of US foreign policy on a set of ‘big picture’ discrete issues, this book is essential reading for scholars and researchers of international relations and contemporary history.

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