Political Institutions in the United States

ISBN-10: 0199283834
ISBN-13: 9780199283835
Edition: 2006
Authors: Richard S. Katz
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

This book helps students to understand American politics by guiding them through the different institutions of American government. It covers the electoral and party systems, the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, and the division of powers between the federal government and the states. It also explores the internal organization of each institution.This book gives students a solid understanding of the 'rules' of the American political game, the 'pitch' on which the game is played, and the basic characteristics and orientations of the 'teams' that are playing the game. It enables students to study contemporary American politics with greater understanding, and to see the differences between the government of the United States and the governments of other democracies.

Richard S. Katz is a professor of political science at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Political Institutions in the United States; Party Governments: European and American Experiences; The Patron State: Government and the Arts in Europe, North America, and Japan; and Handbook of Party Politics. He is also coeditor of the European Journal of Political Research.

Tables and Figures
Preface
The Foundations of American Government
Overview
American political development
The United States in context
Conclusion
Federalism American Style
Overview
The federal government vis-�-vis the states
Relations and diversity among the states
American federalism in perspective
Elections in the United States
Overview
National elections?
Voter turnout
Congressional elections
Presidential elections
Political finance in context
State and local elections
Free and fair elections?
The American Party System
Overview
The evolution of the American party system
The party coalitions
Party organization
Parties in American politics
The Chief Executive
Overview
Head of state
The president as political leader and head of government
The president, cabinet, and executive agencies
The presidential establishment
Presidential inexperience and transition
The vice-presidency
State governors
The Legislative Branch
Overview
The organization of Congress
Party unity in Congress
The roles and powers of congressional leaders
Committees
How a bill becomes a law
The budgetary process
Congressional staff
The state legislatures
The Bureaucracy
Overview
The civil service
Executive departments and agencies
Independent regulatory commissions
Public corporations and foundations
The Federal Reserve system
Political control of the bureaucracy
Deregulation
Reinventing government
The Judiciary
Overview
The federal courts
Courts and politics
The Supreme Court
Appointment and confirmation
The lower federal courts
Contemporary issues before the courts
State courts and state law
The American Secret
Overview
Successful in spite of itself?
Challenges of the twenty-first century
The United States in the world
Appendix: The Constitution of The United States
References
Index

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