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By David McKay

ISBN-10: 1405188421

ISBN-13: 9781405188425

Now in its 8th version, this renowned creation tackles the newest traits in American politics and society via clarification, analyses, and interpretations of presidency strategies – including necessary context for college students by means of contemplating those techniques and advancements from a global perspective.

  • Fully up to date to take account of the numerous fresh advancements in American politics and society – exploring some of the most turbulent political arenas witnessed in decades
  • Features new chapters on environmental politics and the Obama presidency
  • Shifts its concentration from the distance among public expectancies and govt functionality to the more and more divisive ideological weather of America’s political system
  • Benefits from a student-friendly type and layout with a number of illustrations and a number of important pedagogical good points, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition containers highlighting key recommendations and debatable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social heritage to modern politics in the United States, whereas totally embracing the most recent advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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Devine, The Political Culture of the United States (Boston: Little, Brown, 1972), p. 17. Liberal is used here to describe those who see society as made up of free, self-motivated individuals rather than as a description of where individuals stand on a liberal–conservative continuum. 37 38 Beliefs, Values and American Society 2 Ira Katznelson and Mark Kesselman, The Politics of Power, 4th edn (New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovitch, 1987), p. 29. 3 Samuel P. Huntington, American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981), p.

It would be wrong, however, to argue that Americans are becoming more religious. 10 Women in elected office, selected years, 1979–2008 (%) Source: Centre for American Women and Politics (CAWP), 2008. 19 And while the preferred party political candidates of the religious right have been in the ascendant during this period, their electoral success has been mixed. In Congress, most Republicans are now associated with the agenda of the religious right. This is a point that is developed in later chapters.

Democratic Party hegemony has broken down, although, the African American population apart, the region remains essentially conservative but Republican rather than Democratic. Old-style southern society has by no means disappeared, especially in the poorer, less developed states (notably Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama). Racism still exists, as does a peculiarly ‘un-American’ resistance to change. But the South can no longer lay claim to the very special and separate status which for so long distinguished it from the rest of the country.

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