American Politics and Society Today

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-08-02
  • Publisher: Polity Pr

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From the attempt to impeach Bill Clinton to the 2000 elections and George W. Bush's presidency, American politics has been marked by controversy. American Politics and Society Today analyses these events and provides a lively and authoritative analysis of contemporary politics in the United States. Bringing together a series of leading scholars, the volume comprises ten important, engaging and critical essays on the complex character of America's divided democracy. Challenging conventional textbook wisdoms, the collection provides new interpretations on American government institutions, public policies and popular culture from jazz and rap to The Simpsons and South Park. Consistently stimulating, readable and provocative, the book allows readers to make their own informed and dispassionate assessment of the current state of the ls"American experiment'. American Politics and Society Today will be of substantial interest to undergraduate and graduate students of American politics and history, comparative politics, public policy and cultural studies.

Author Biography

Robert Singh is Lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Contributors
Editor's Preface x
Acknowledgements xii
Introduction: Dubya's Divided Democracy 1(9)
Robert Singh
Reaching across the Atlantic: Ideological Aspiration and Institutional Constraints in the United States and Britain
Marc Stears
A New Electoral Disorder? The American Elections of 2000
Robert Singh
Race, Representation and Elections: The Politics of Parties and Courts
Paul Frymer
`If You're Disgusted with Us, I Don't Blame You': Television and American Politics Today
Robert Mason
The Rehnquist Court's Partial Revolution
Paul Martin
The Presidency and Congress: A Trifocal Approach
Nigel Bowles
The Politics of Power-Sharing: The Case of Welfare Overhaul
Fiona Ross
Does Gender Matter? Women in American Politics
Abigail Halcli
Multiculturalism and the End of Jazz
Desmond King
Julian Murphet
Subverting American Values? The Simpsons, South Park and the Cartoon Culture War
Robert Singh
Index 230

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