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By David McKay

Now in its 8th version, this renowned creation tackles the newest tendencies in American politics and society via clarification, analyses, and interpretations of presidency methods – including useful context for college students by means of contemplating those methods and advancements from a world perspective.

  • Fully up-to-date to take account of the various contemporary advancements in American politics and society – exploring probably 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 govt functionality to the more and more divisive ideological weather of America’s political system
  • Benefits from a student-friendly variety and layout with a variety of illustrations and various useful pedagogical gains, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition bins highlighting key techniques and arguable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social historical past to modern politics in the USA, whereas absolutely embracing the most recent advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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9 However, since the mid-1960s increasing numbers of ­people have become disillusioned with the party system, the presidency, Congress and the federal bureaucracy. One good surrogate measure of confidence in government is public satisfaction ‘with the ways things are’. Public satisfaction declined during the recession of the early 1990s, but recovered during the prolonged economic boom years of the second Clinton administration. Malaise has set in again in the context of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and continuing economic problems.

As significant are the continuing high (but falling) levels of random violence Beliefs, Values and American Society and serious crime among the racial and ethnic minorities of America’s inner cities. There seems little doubt that these citizens are often politically excluded, isolated and socially alienated. For them, the optimism, materialism and egalitarianism that continue to dominate political discourse must either seem an irrelevance or serve as a diversion from their everyday lives. We can conclude this section by noting what is undoubtedly the most important feature of the American political culture: its ability to accommodate apparen­ tly deep divisions over the role of government in society, without challenging the constitutional order or what many have defined as ‘Americanism’.

1787 MD. 1788 Ceded by Spain 1819 HAWAII 1959 Purchased from Russia 1867 MASS. 1788 NY 1788 FLA. 1 US territorial expansion Note: Dates under state names denote year of statehood. 1 (p. 194). c­ ountries. 4 shows, a high level of immigration continues even today, with more than 1 million new Americans arriving in 2001 alone. In comparative context this is a high figure, for no other industrial country allows such an influx. During periods of labour shortage or political emergency, many European c­ ountries have encouraged some – often temporary – immigration, but none permits a continuing high level of immigration which persists even during periods of high unemployment and low rates of economic growth.

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