By David McKay

Now in its 8th version, this well known creation tackles the newest tendencies in American politics and society via rationalization, analyses, and interpretations of presidency techniques – including invaluable context for college kids via contemplating those strategies and advancements from a global perspective.

  • Fully up to date to take account of the various fresh advancements in American politics and society – exploring essentially 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 type and layout with a number of illustrations and more than a few necessary pedagogical positive aspects, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition bins highlighting key ideas and debatable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social history to modern politics in the United States, whereas absolutely embracing the most recent advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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Clearly such laws can be implemented in such a way that they conflict with those notions of individualism that underpin the philosophy of limited government. As the next section highlights, by placing the interests of the group above those of the individual’s worth affirmative action can cause serious tensions between equality and individualism. The same is true of growing material inequality that can only be redressed by public policies that single out the rich for increased taxation, the proceeds of which are redistributed to the less well off.

The remainder of this chapter is devoted to the ways in which these values interact with the growth and present-day functioning of the American society and economy. Values and American Society Immigration and demographic change Until the mid-nineteenth century the United States was an ‘imperialist’ continental power, constantly expanding its territory by treaty, annexation and conquest. It was expansionist both in the sense that it dominated the other continental powers – Mexico, Britain, France and Spain – and in the sense that numerous Native American tribes were overwhelmed by a technologically more advanced and populous society.

If anything, recent ­evidence of declining trust in government reflects an increas­ing s­ophistication among voters, who are now making more conscious connections between what parties and politicians promise and how they perform. Claims that the system is essentially stable appear to be supported by the relative absence of regime-challenging parties and protest movements in American history. The Civil War apart, most protest activity has been inspired by single issues (civil rights, the Vietnam War), or has been accommodated within existing parties and institutions.

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