American politics and society by David McKay

By David McKay

Now in its 8th version, this renowned creation tackles the latest developments in American politics and society via rationalization, analyses, and interpretations of presidency tactics – including beneficial context for college students by way of contemplating those strategies and advancements from a world 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 space among public expectancies and executive functionality to the more and more divisive ideological weather of America’s political system
  • Benefits from a student-friendly variety and layout with various illustrations and a number invaluable pedagogical gains, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition containers highlighting key ideas and arguable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social history to modern politics in the United States, whereas absolutely embracing the newest advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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It is for this reason that what so often look like deep and bitter political divisions, including the increased polarization characteristic of the period since the late 1990s, almost never become the basis of challenges to the constitutional order. The remainder of this chapter is devoted to the ways in which these values interact with the growth and present-day functioning of the American society and economy. Image not available in this electronic edition. 2 Registration day, 25 May 1918. Mrs Anne J.

11 What is interesting about this ideological consensus is how it is supported by virtually all social and political groups – however antagonistic towards one another they may appear. 12 Even citizens from as close a country (geographically and culturally) as Canada find this phenomenon startling. What follows is a description of a Canadian’s first encounter with the USA in the 1960s: My first encounter with American consensus was in the late sixties, when I crossed the border into the United States and found myself inside the myth of America.

The purpose of this section is, therefore, to provide some background on American society as a prelude to our later analysis of political attitudes and behaviour. Income and wealth The pre-eminence of equality of opportunity as an underlying value in American society has undoubtedly limited the growth of an explicitly class-based politics in the USA. Americans are supposed to be essentially middle-class, eschewing both the working class and aristocratic values associated with many European countries.

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