American Anomaly U. S. Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 0415814332

ISBN-13: 9780415814331

Edition: 3rd 2014 (Revised)

Authors: Raymond A. Smith
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Description: Seymour Martin Lipset pronounced over a decade ago, "Someone who knows only one country knows no country." It is well established that students learn the intricacies of American politics better when they are presented in a comparative context. In today’s globalized society and workforce, it is all the more important for students to understand that the American political system is in many ways the exception and not the rule. Introductory textbooks on American government, however, rarely emphasize in sufficient depth how the United States compares to other political systems. And introductions to comparative politics infrequently situate the United States in their analysis.The American Anomaly systematically analyzes the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policy. Extended case studies in each chapter draw on all the major regions of the world.Thoroughly revised throughout, the third edition includes:Updates throughout to reflect recent developments, including battles for control of Congress and the White House in 2010 and 2012, the challenges and successes of the Obama presidency, and political developments including the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.The addition of a ready-reference glossary defining key terms, along with a key terms list at the end of each chapter.Updates to examples from other countries, such as changes to the European Union in light of the Eurozone crisis, the weakening of the Mexican state due to surges in drug-related crime, and the growth of China’s global role.A substantive update to the domestic policy and foreign policy chapters.A significant update on online/web-based activism, with particular regard to the expanding role of social media.New tables and charts in each chapter.A companion website also offers overview slides, links, and other supporting features.

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List price: $39.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Figures and Tables
Preface to the Third Edition
Comparison of 23 Established Democracies
An Overview of U.S. Politics and the Comparative View
The Constitutional Order
The American Nation, State, and Regime
Case Study: The Nation, State, and Regime in Poland
The U.S. Constitution
Case Study: The South African Constitution of 1996
Case Study: The European Union
Case Study: The Unitary State in Japan
Case Study: German Federalism
Separation of Powers
Case Study: The Westminster Parliamentary Model
A Hypothetical Case Study: Parliamentary Checks and Balances
The Institutions of Government
The Executive Branch: The Presidency and the Bureaucracy
Case Study: Variations in Executive Power in Southeast Asia
The Legislative Branch: The Two Houses of Congress
Case Study: Legislative Variation in the Former British Dominions
The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Courts
Case Study: The Judiciary in France
Political Participation
Conventional and Unconventional Participation: Activism, Social Movements, and Interest Groups
Case Study: The Zapatistas and Indigenous Political Participation in Mexico
Voting and Elections
Case Study: Voting and Elections in Israel
Political Parties
A Hypothetical Case Study: Electoral Systems and the Number of Parties
Public Opinion and Political Values
Case Study: The World Values Survey
Public Policy and Policymaking
Domestic Policy: Socioeconomic Regulation, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
Case Study: Political Rights and Social Protections in Denmark
Foreign Policy: The United States in the World
Case Study: The Foreign Policy of China
Conclusion: The American Anomaly on Balance
For Further Study: A Brief Bibliographic Essay on "American Exceptionalism"
Glossary Terms
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