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American Politics and Society 8E


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List of Plates xiv List of Figures xvii List of Tables xx Preface to the Eighth Edition xxii 1 Government and the People in a Polarized Society 1 2 Beliefs, Values and American Society 6 3 Constitutional Government 41 4 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 63 5 American Political Parties and the Politics of Polarization 86 6 Elections and Political Participation 111 7 The Media and American Politics 146 8 Congress I: The People?s Branch? 160 9 Congress II: Functions and Powers ? The Broken Branch? 183 10 The Presidency I: Powers and Selection 212 11 The Presidency II: The President as Chief Executive 232 12 Bureaucratic Power: Federal Departments and Agencies 256 13 The Security State 278 14 Organized Interests: The Real Power? 291 15 The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics 315 16 Regulating Morality: Civil Rights, Liberties and the Conscience Issues 345 17 Social Policy in America: Self-Reliance and State Dependence 364 18 Managing Economic Change 377 19 Environmental Politics 397 20 The American World Role 411 21 The American Political System in an Uncertain World 425 Websites 433 Glossary 437 Appendix: The Constitution of the United States 449 Index 469

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David McKay is Professor of Government at the University of Essex. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American and comparative politics, including Designing Europe: Comparative Lessons from the Federal Experience (2001), which won the Political Studies Association W. J. M. MacKenzie prize, 2001. He is also co-author of The New British Politics (2007).


"American Politics and Society gets better with each edition. The breadth of its coverage and the depth of its analysis make it an unsurpassed introduction to the U.S. political system. This new version brings the text and the statistical data right up to date and provides the essential context to understanding the current crisis of American government and its political institutions."?John Hart, Australia National University ?Combining beautifully clear information with magisterially lucid analysis, David McKay?s survey of American Politics and Society has been a model textbook for 30 years. This new edition has been comprehensively updated and rewritten to take account of the leading developments of recent years. The balance between continuity and change is here admirably depicted and reviewed, renewing our fascination with the patterns and surprises of US civic and political life.??James Dunkerley, Queen Mary, University of London ?David McKay?s essential text continues to serve as the building block upon which the current generation of scholars and students can learn about the political system of the United States. McKay?s work has always been lucid, concise and informative; but now with even more graphs, data and briefing sections, the latest edition is twice as expansive, informed and intricate. A triumph of detail and deliberation, McKay?s book reaffirms its central role in the teaching of American politics. An indispensible read.?? Ian Scott, University of Manchester

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