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A History of the U.S. Political System
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A new reference resource that combines unique historical analysis, scholarly essays, and primary source documents to explore the evolution of ideas and institutions that have shaped American government and Americans' political behavior. Although the United States has followed the same constitution for over 220 years, its political system has always been a work in progress. In just the past few years, a disputed election was resolved by the Supreme Court and, in response to 9/11, our foreign policy has been significantly redefined. How have challenges such as these shaped American politics? What ideas, institutions, and policies have provoked changes in the U.S. political system over time?One of the most active and revealing approaches to research into the American political system is one that focuses on political development, an approach that combines the tools of the political scientist and the historian. "The U.S. Political System: A History of American Political Development" is the first comprehensive resource that uses this approach to explore the evolution of the American political system from the adoption of the Constitution to the present."The U.S. Political System" is a three-volume collection of original essays and primary documents that examines the ideas, institutions, and policies that have shaped American government and politics throughout its history. The first volume is issues-oriented, covering governmental and nongovernmental institutions as well as key policy areas. The second volume examines America's political development historically, surveying its dynamic government era by era. Volume three is a collection of documentary materials that supplement and enhance the reader's experience with the other volumes.This title features over 50 contributors, including a mix of distinguished and cutting-edge political scientists and historians; nearly 200 primary sources, including Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings, presidential speeches, and landmark Supreme Court cases; classic engravings and political cartoons aligned with key periods in American political development; tables of presidents and congressional leadership and maps showing electoral votes over time; and, name and subject indexes for each volume.
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Although the United States has followed the same constitution for over 220 years, its political system has always been a work in progress. In just the past few years, a disputed election was resolved by the Supreme Court and, in response to 9/11, our foreign policy has been significantly redefined. How have challenges such as these shaped American politics? What ideas, institutions, and policies have provoked changes in the U.S. political system over time?

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Richard A. Harris, PhD, is professor at Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, with a joint appointment in political science and public policy and administration. Daniel J. Tichenor, PhD, is research professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and associate professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ.

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"This set is probably best appreciated by academic libraries, although public libraries with a generous political science interest might want to consider." - Library Journal "Overall, this is an impressive collection of essays and documents (there are also occasional black-and-white photos), with advanced vocabulary and ideas." - School Library Journal "This book should be part of every college or university library's reference collection. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." - Choice

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