By David McKay

Now in its 8th version, this well known creation tackles the latest traits in American politics and society via rationalization, analyses, and interpretations of presidency approaches – including beneficial context for college students through contemplating those systems and advancements from a global perspective.

  • Fully up-to-date to take account of the numerous contemporary advancements in American politics and society – exploring 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 more than a few worthy pedagogical good points, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition containers highlighting key suggestions and debatable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social heritage to modern politics in the USA, whereas totally embracing the newest advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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These measures reflect the continuing conviction that, in spite of its great ethnic and religious diversity, the USA should share one essentially American system of beliefs and values underpinned by freedom and equality of opportunity. 3 per cent of the population in 2000. One interesting post1970 trend has been an increase in the non-farming rural population. Agricultural employment has declined sharply over the last 20 years and most people actually living in the country are not, in the main, farmers, but people seeking a new lifestyle away from the crowded cities and suburbs.

Originally, opposition came from ‘nativist’ Americans, or those who believed that the ‘purity’ of the northern European Protestant stock would be corrupted by the new arrivals. Indeed, the 1924 Immigration Act was specifically designed to favour Northwest Europeans. In the event, the southern and eastern Europeans against whom the law was directed became fully assimilated into American society. Today the debate is argued on what at first look like different grounds, although racist nativist sentiment persists in places.

Democracy, populism and the rule of law If democracy is defined in terms of a simple devotion to majoritarianism then there is no doubting that Americans believe in it. Majority opinion carries a weight and independent value in the USA that is unusual elsewhere. This does not only translate into a broad acceptance of the legitimacy of elections and, at the state and local levels, initiatives and referendums. It also means that on occasion ill-judged policies and programmes have been adopted following a surge of (often populist) moral fervour.

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