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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 presents a full of life and obtainable advent and consultant to the entire major good points and features of 1 of the main detailed and intricate modern political platforms 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 significant realizing of the entire key matters and debates in modern American govt and politics this day. a few key underlying topics comprise: - the character of yank values and id - the effect of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to provide family and international coverage. Key beneficial properties contain: - accomplished word list of key phrases - dialogue and precis containers - internet hyperlinks and courses to extra interpreting Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck university, London. American govt and Politics: A Concise creation is the basis significant other textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released through SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely geared up and informative textbook that mixes to an surprisingly excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately obtained knowledge. this can be an admirable publication' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's university, Oxford `Full of topical info and written with glowing readability, this ebook is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating pupil' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yank background, collage of Edinburgh `In American executive and Politics Robert Singh presents a superb creation to the topic. His strategy is vast ranging, his examples good chosen and his variety is on the market. it'll make an awesome e-book for introductory and extra complex college classes on US govt. I strongly suggest the booklet to academics and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yank govt, collage of Oxford `This is a good written and vigorous publication that's a big addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. one in all its many virtues is its popularity that the textbook this day comes in handy to a pupil provided that it hyperlinks to the realm of web-based assets. hugely urged' - Alan Ware, Worcester collage, Oxford

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7 captures this in diagrammatic form on two axes: a vertical axis that pits the values of freedom and equality against each other along an economic dimension; and a horizontal axis pitting liberty against order along a social dimension. g. g. g. g. g. g. bans on pornography, flag-burning, same-sex marriages Off backs and boardrooms, out of bedrooms (Jack Kemp) Off backs and boardrooms, and in bedrooms (George W. Bush) FREEDOM conflict. In terms of broad partisan identities and competing arguments on specific issues, political disagreement tends to revolve around these core values of the American Creed.

Although this has been tempered at particular historical junctures, such as the Depression years following the 1929 Wall Street Crash, the basic antipathy has always been a potent force: ‘The distinctive aspect of the American creed is its antigovernment character. Opposition to power, and suspicion of government as the most dangerous embodiment of power, are the central themes of American political thought’ (Huntington, 1981: 33). Consequently, from the republic’s founding to today, distrust of government has been a constant.

If acting in an ‘un-American’ fashion is a grave matter of political heresy, then violating the Constitution – the most elemental of ‘unAmerican’ acts – is tantamount to treason. Exactly why such intense emotion and universal reverence should continue to be stirred among millions of citizens by a short piece of parchment composed over 200 years ago by an elite group of propertied white AngloSaxon men whose original conception of democracy explicitly included neither women nor blacks is sometimes perplexing for non-Americans.

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