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

ISBN-10: 0415879736

ISBN-13: 9780415879736

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Raymond A. Smith

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List price: $29.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The Constitutional Order
The American Nation, State, and Regime
Case Study: The Nation, State, and Regime in Poland
The American Nation
The Development of Nationhood in Comparative Perspective
The American State and Regime
Unusual Characteristics of the United States
The U.S. Constitution
Case Study: The South African Constitution of 1996
The U.S. Constitution: Brevity and Vagueness
The Process of Constitutional Change
Anachronistic Elements of the U.S. Constitution
Case Study: The European Union
The Confederal Model
Case Study: The Unitary State in Japan
Unitary States: Centralized Decision Making
Case Study: German Federalism
The Federal Model
Separation of Powers
Case Study: The Westminster Parliamentary Model
The Fusion of Power in Parliamentary Government
Prime Ministerial Power
Other Checks and Balances?
A Hypothetical Case Study: Parliamentary Checks and Balances
Prime Ministerial Accountability to Parliament
The Institutions of Government
The Executive Branch: The Presidency and the Bureaucracy
Case Study: Variations in Executive Power in Southeast Asia
Nondemocratic Executives
Democratic Dual Executives
The American Presidency in Comparative Perspective
Other Presidential Systems
The U.S. Vice President, Cabinet, and Bureaucracy
The Legislative Branch: The Two Houses of Congress
Case Study: Legislative Variation in the Former British Dominions
Asymmetric Bicameralism
Symmetric Bicameralism
The Dispersal of Power in the U.S
The Power of Congress in Comparative Perspective
The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Courts
Case Study: The Judiciary in France
Impartiality and Independence
Courts as a Separate and Co-Equal Branch
Judicial Review
Political Participation
Political Participation: The Spectrum from the Unconventional to the Conventional
Case Study: The Zapatistas and Indigenous Political Participation in Mexico
Political Violence
Non-violent Activism
Interest Group Activity
Voting and Elections
Case Study: Voting and Elections in Israel
Free and Fair Elections
Competitive Elections
Voter Eligibility and Turnout
The Winner-Take-All Electoral System
Peculiarities of the U.S
Presidential Elections
Political Parties
A Hypothetical Case Study: Electoral Systems and the Number of Parties
Single-Party Systems
Two-Party-Plus Systems
Multiparty Systems
The U.S
Two-Party System in Comparative Perspective
Public Opinion and Political Values
Case Study: The World Values Survey
United States Public Opinion in Comparative Perspective
Religiosity and Moral Values
National Pride but Skepticism about Big Government
Public Policy and Policymaking
Domestic Policy: Socioeconomic Policy, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
Case Study: Political Rights and Social Protections in Denmark
Socioeconomic Policy
Skepticism of Big Government
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy: The U.S. in the World
Case Study: The Foreign Policy of China
Foreign Policymaking in the United States U.S.
Foreign Policy: Realist and Idealist Perspectives
Conclusion: The American Anomaly on Balance
For Further Study: A Brief Bibliographic Essay on American Exceptionalism
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