Understanding American Government and Politics

ISBN-10: 0719086833

ISBN-13: 9780719086830

Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Duncan Watts

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This eagerly-anticipated third edition builds on the established reputation of theUnderstandingseries. It provides an accessible and intelligible text without compromising its high academic standards. Devices designed to help students study and revise effectively are used throughout, including useful tables and boxes; clear definitions of key terms; and helpful introductory and concluding sections in each chapter. The third edition has been thoroughly updated to include such topics as the findings of the 2010 Census; the outcomes of the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 mid-term elections; the role of the states in American federalism; reflections on the Bush presidency; the controversy over Health Care reform; and the rise of the Tea Party Movement. This is an ideal book for use by undergraduate professors and students of American politics as it is closely geared to the requirements of the syllabuses laid down by the main examination boards. It is also deservedly popular with students pursuing introductory courses on the US political system in Higher Education.
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 3/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Duncan Watts was a teacher and examiner in Government and Politics. He was prominent in the Politics Association Resource Centre, for which he wrote and edited many books and other materials.

Comparative boxes: Britain and the United States
The need for a third edition
US presidents and their parties
Map of the US: the sun belt and the frost belt
Introduction: the setting of American politics
The Constitution
Federalism in theory and practice
Presidential power
Support for the presidency
The Supreme Court
Elections and voting
Political parties
Pressure groups: the lobby at work
Civil liberties and civil rights
Conclusion: the state of American democracy
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