American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction by Robert Singh PDF

By Robert Singh

American executive 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 advisor to the entire major gains and features of 1 of the main unique and complicated modern political structures on this 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 important knowing of all of the key matters and debates in modern American executive and politics at the present time. a few key underlying topics comprise: - the character of yankee values and identification - the effect of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to supply family and overseas coverage. Key good points contain: - accomplished word list of keywords - dialogue and precis packing containers - net hyperlinks and courses to extra studying Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck university, London. American executive and Politics: A Concise creation is the root significant other textual content to modern American Politics: matters and Controversies additionally released through SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely geared up and informative textbook that mixes to an strangely excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately bought knowledge. this can be an admirable e-book' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's university, Oxford `Full of topical details and written with gleaming readability, this ebook 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 strategy is large ranging, his examples good chosen and his kind is offered. it'll make an incredible publication for introductory and extra complicated collage classes on US govt. I strongly suggest the publication to academics and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yankee govt, college of Oxford `This is a good written and vigorous ebook that's an enormous addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. one among its many virtues is its attractiveness 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 advised' - Alan Ware, Worcester university, Oxford

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President Geor ge W. Bush, Januar y 15, 2002 I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was for ever ‘fixed’ at th Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, fo esight and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers par ticularly pr ofound. T o the contrar y, the gover nment they devised was defective fr om the star t, r equiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transfor mation to attain the system of constitutional gover nment, and its r espect for individual fr eedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.

To protect these, the system of elections that they established fragmented an already decentralized government even further. Elected offices of the federal government were given different constituencies, terms of office and modes of election: ● Limiting but ‘Ener gizing’ Government The ‘Founding Fathers’ who designed the Constitution (no ‘mothers’ were present at the birth) had what the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, termed ‘an array of intentions’. At the heart of the design, however, was a desire to establish a democratic system and strengthen the organs of national government while simultaneously limiting its power.

Americans are demonstrably conservative in seeking the preservation of their existing political values and institutions. But the political ideas that they seek to preserve are liberal – even radical – in nature. AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT POLITICAL CULTURE As a result of this distinctive national identity, regardless of the particular historic reality (Depression in the 1930s, Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s), the distinctive ‘American Dream’ has persisted. Many other nations have enjoyed periods of remarkable economic growth and offered their citizens startling levels of social mobility, yet we rarely talk of an ‘Australian Dream’ or ‘Japanese Dream’.

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