American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction by Robert Singh

By Robert Singh

American govt and Politics is a totally new introductory textbook designed and written for all scholars of politics coming to the topic for the 1st time. It offers a full of life and obtainable advent and consultant to all of the major positive aspects and features of 1 of the main special and intricate modern political platforms on the planet. 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 executive and politics at the present time. a couple of key underlying subject matters comprise: - the character of yankee values and identification - the effect of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to provide household and international coverage. Key beneficial properties comprise: - entire thesaurus of keyword phrases - dialogue and precis bins - net hyperlinks and publications to extra interpreting Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck collage, London. American govt and Politics: A Concise creation is the root significant other textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released through SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely equipped and informative textbook that mixes to an surprisingly excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately got knowledge. this is often an admirable e-book' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's collage, Oxford `Full of topical info and written with glowing readability, this publication is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating pupil' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yank background, college of Edinburgh `In American govt and Politics Robert Singh offers an exceptional advent to the topic. His procedure is huge ranging, his examples good chosen and his sort is offered. it'll make a fantastic ebook for introductory and extra complex college classes on US executive. I strongly suggest the booklet to lecturers and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yankee executive, college of Oxford `This is a good written and full of life ebook that's an incredible addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. one in every of its many virtues is its reputation that the textbook this day turns out to be useful to a scholar provided that it hyperlinks to the realm of web-based assets. hugely urged' - Alan Ware, Worcester university, Oxford

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Graham Wilson, Only in America? The Politics of the United States in Comparative Perspective (1998) gives a useful summar y of the theoretical and empirical work on exceptionalism. Eric Foner , The Stor y of American Fr eedom (1998) is an elegant and readable histor y of the key American values fr om the republic’s origins to today. Michael Foley , American Political Ideas (1991) pr ovides an elegant discussion of the several (conflicting) values that underpi Americanism. Desmond King, Making Americans: Immigration, Race, and the Origins of the Diverse Democracy (2000) is a scholarly study that details the impor tance of race and ethnicity in defining who can be classified American.

No conflicting pull exists between ideology (socialism, fascism, Christian Democracy), on the one hand, and nationalism (national identity), on the other. ’ What is right about America remains, however, something about which Americans themselves frequently disagree. Americans, then, are among the most, not the least, ideological people in the world. They are not ‘brain-washed’ in the sense in which communist and theocratic regimes have attempted to indoctrinate their citizens in an ideology or religious faith, but through numerous mechanisms, Americans daily 12 American Government and Politics revel in a constant, quasi-religious celebration of their nation and its foundational values: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, the four presidents immortalized on Mount Rushmore, the Bill of Rights, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Stars and Stripes.

Influenced by the ideas of the political philosophers Locke and Montesquieu, the solution they devised was to fashion a representative democracy that provided for individual liberty by limiting the power and authority of the majority. From Locke, the Framers took the notion of rights and the idea that government power should be limited, not untrammelled. From Montesquieu, they took the notion that the three powers of government – executive, legislative and judicial – should be separated among different branches of government.

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