American Politics and Society

Author: David McKay

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118261909

Category: Political Science

Page: 520

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Now in its eighth edition, this popular introduction tackles themost recent trends in American politics and society throughexplanation, analyses, and interpretations of government processes– adding valuable context for students by considering theseprocedures and developments from an international perspective. Fully updated to take account of the many recent developmentsin American politics and society – exploring one of the mostturbulent political arenas witnessed in decades Features new chapters on environmental politics and the Obamapresidency Shifts its focus from the gap between public expectations andgovernment performance to the increasingly divisive ideologicalclimate of America’s political system Benefits from a student-friendly style and design with numerousillustrations and a range of helpful pedagogical features,including chronologies, biographies, and definition boxeshighlighting key concepts and controversial issues Offers thought-provoking insights into the social background tocontemporary politics in America, while fully embracing the latestdevelopments and considering these from a non-U.S. perspective
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American Politics, Then & Now

And Other Essays

Author: James Q. Wilson

Publisher: AEI Press

ISBN: 0844743305

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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James Q. Wilson is one of America's preeminent public policy scholars. For decades, he has analyzed the changing political and cultural landscape with clarity and honesty, bringing his wisdom to bear on all facets of American government and society. This is a collection of fifteen of Wilson's most insightful essays-drawing on thirty years of his observations on religion, crime, the media, terrorism and extremism, and the old-fashioned notion of 'character.' Readers of every political persuasion will come away from this volume with a new understanding of how American politics and culture have evolved over the last half-century. These essays are not 'the grumpy words of a conservative who can't be reconciled to the realities of contemporary American life,' Wilson writes. Rather, they are straight talk from a painstaking empiricist and consummate social scientist who believes in American exceptionalism. American Politics, Then & Now is a compelling portrait of a beloved nation.
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Contemporary American Politics and Society

Issues and Controversies

Author: Robert Singh

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761940968

Category: Political Science

Page: 278

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`For those who still believe that politics is normally, naturally, about economics, Rob Singh has gathered the evidence and dialed the wake-up call: seven major instances of an ongoing culture war meet a common analytic framework here in a lively and informative fashion' - Byron E Shafer, University of Wisconsin
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Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics

Author: Jeffrey D. Schultz,John G. West,Iain S. MacLean

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781573561303

Category: Political Science

Page: 389

View: 7310

Today, such issues as abortion, capital punishment, sex education, racism, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely entwined in American public life. This encyclopedia is an A-to-Z listing of a broad range of topics related to religious issues and politics, ranging from the religious freedom sought by the Pilgrims in the 1620s to the rise of the religious right in the 1980s.
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The Modern Political Campaign

Mudslinging, Bombast, and the Vitality of American Politics

Author: Richard K. Scher

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765637819

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Political campaigns in the United States have been . favorite targets of critics since our nation's origin. "Too long," "too expensive," "too negative," "too personal," "unbecoming to our democracy" -- these criticisms were made in the nineteenth century just as they are made today; but are they compelling?This short book takes a fresh look at the American style of campaign politics, past and present, warts and all, to argue that campaigns reflect both our popular culture and the place of politics in our national life. In the end, the purpose of campaigns is to draw voters' attention to a candidate or issue, even though politics is not of immediate interest to many or most citizens. That is what campaigns do and always have done in America -- and there is little reason to think that a more cerebral approach to politics would be more effective.Reflective, analytical, and firmly committed to democratic values, this book challenges citizens to trade cynicism for realism -- to take a clear-eyed look at our politics and ourselves, and appreciate both for what they are.
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Interest Groups in American Politics

Pressure and Power

Author: Anthony J. Nownes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136658068

Category: Political Science

Page: 316

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Americans rail against so-called special interests but at the same time many members of society are themselves represented in one form or another by organized groups trying to affect the policymaking progress. This concise but thorough text demonstrates that interest groups are involved in the political system at all levels of government – federal, state, and local – and in all aspects of political activity, from election campaigns to agenda setting to lawmaking to policy implementation. Rather than an anomaly or distortion of the political system, it is a normal and healthy function of a pluralist society and democratic governance. Nonetheless, Nownes warns of the dangers of unwatched interest group activity, especially in the realms of the electoral process and issue advocacy. Interest Groups in American Politics, Second Edition, is grounded by the role of information in interest group activity, a theme that runs through the entire book. This much anticipated revision of Nownes’s text retains a student friendly tone and thoroughly updates the references to interest group research, as well as adds a new chapter on the connections between interest groups and political parties. Numerous figures and tables throughout the book help students visualize important trends and information.
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Politics, Discourse, and American Society

New Agendas

Author: Roderick P. Hart

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742500716

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

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What is the purpose of public talk in a democratic society? Do the American people interact with their government in distinctive ways? Are the nation s mass media helpful or harmful to the democratic experience? In Politics, Discourse, and American Society, some of the nation s best young scholars take us beyond conventional perspectives to present original work on how politics is transacted in American society and how public communication affects those transactions. They also lay out directions for future research, thereby putting fresh ideas on the scholarly agenda. The authors ask whether the American president is genuinely powerful, if lawsuits have become a way of changing the nation s politics, whether public opinion polling is really objective, and whether politics can still be distinguished from pop culture."
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Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought

Author: Dean E. Robinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521626279

Category: Political Science

Page: 171

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Revisits the arguments supporting separate black statehood from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
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Social and Political Thought of American Progressivism

Author: Eldon J. Eisenach

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781603843546

Category:

Page: 352

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Eisenach's selection of primary sources illustrates the origins, ambitions, and political legacy of the American Progressivism movement (1844-1932), while his Introduction offers a history of the movement and a brief discussion of recent historiographical debates.
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Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law, 2nd Edition [3 volumes]

An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law

Author: Gregg Lee Carter

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313386714

Category: History

Page: 1096

View: 5638

Thoroughly updated and greatly expanded from its original edition, this three-volume set is the go-to comprehensive resource on the legal, social, psychological, political, and public health aspects of guns in American life. • 450 alphabetically organized entries, including 100 new for this edition, covering key issues (suicide, video games and gun violence, firearm injury statistics) and events (workplace shootings, the Virginia Tech massacre) • 102 expert contributors from all academic fields involved in studying the causes and effects of gun violence • A chronology of pivotal moments and controversies in the history of firearm ownership and use in the United States • An exhaustive bibliography of print and online resources covering all aspects of the study of guns in the United States • Appendices on federal gun laws, state gun laws, and pro- and anti-gun-control organizations
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology

Author: Edwin Amenta,Kate Nash,Alan Scott

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444355074

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 9851

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concerning globalization, social movements, and citizenship The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights Revises and updates all previously published chapters to include new themes and topics in political sociology Provides an overview of scholarship in the field, with chapters working independently and collectively to examine the full range of contributions to political sociology Offers a challenging yet accessible and complete reference guide for students and scholars
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Keeping the Republic

Power and Citizenship in American Politics

Author: Christine Barbour,Gerald C. Wright

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1506362168

Category: Political Science

Page: 760

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This refreshed and dynamic Eighth Edition of Keeping the Republic revitalizes the twin themes of power and citizenship by adding to the imperative for students to navigate competing political narratives about who should get what, and how they should get it. The exploding possibilities of the digital age make this task all the more urgent and complex. Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright, the authors of this bestseller, continue to meet students where they are in order to give them a sophisticated understanding of American politics and teach them the skills to think critically about it. The entire book has been refocused to look not just at power and citizenship but at the role that control of information and its savvy consumption play in keeping the republic.
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American Government

Political Development and Institutional Change

Author: Cal Jillson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131766678X

Category: Political Science

Page: 670

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Features of this Innovative Text The 8th edition of this well-respected text features the 2014 midterm Congressional elections, the latest on Obama’s presidency, important Supreme Court decisions, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other timely updates. An increased attention to media in politics runs through the book. Key learning objectives at the beginning of every chapter focus students on central points to watch for. "The Constitution Today" chapter opening vignettes illustrate the importance of conflicting views on constitutional principles. Key terms defined in the margins on the page where they appear help students study important concepts. Colorful figures, photos, and tables help students visualize important information. "Let’s Compare" boxes analyze how functions of government and political participation work in other countries—now framed by new critical thinking questions. Reformatted "Pro & Con" boxes bring to life a central debate in each chapter and highlight competing perspectives. End-of-chapter summaries, suggested readings, and web resources help students master the material and guide them to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics. "Struggling towards Democracy" discussion questions now do more to provoke critical thinking through examining the "then and now" of democracy in America.
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Politics and the Novel in India

Author: Yogendra Kumar Malik,Carl Lieberman

Publisher: Brill Archive

ISBN: 9789004042438

Category: Indic fiction

Page: 155

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American Politics: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Richard M. Valelly

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195373855

Category: Political Science

Page: 136

View: 3412

This concise volume fills a long-standing need for a sophisticated, brief primer on American national politics. A major theme of the book is the interplay between constitutional and extra-constitutional institutions and political processes. It provides engaging and exceptionally instructive treatments of the nuts-and-bolts of how American politics works and of the strengths of American democracy, while candidly considering gaps in representation and the issue of increasing income inequality.
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Religion, Race, and the American Presidency

Author: Gaston Espinosa

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742563480

Category: Religion

Page: 376

View: 7394

The role that race and religion play in American presidential elections is attracting national attention like never before. The 2008 presidential candidates reached out to an unprecedented number of racial and religious voting constituencies, including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Mainline Protestants, Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, women, the non-religious, and more. Drawing upon survey data, interviews, and case studies, this book examines the complicated relationships between recent American presidents and key racial and religious groups. The paperback edition features a new capstone chapter on the 2008 elections.
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Let Justice Roll

Prophetic Challenges in Religion, Politics, and Society

Author: Neal Riemer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847681938

Category: Religion

Page: 231

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Written by prominent scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this diverse collection of essays discusses the contemporary relevance of the prophetic mode and challenges in the areas of religion, politics, and society. The contributors critically investigate the creative interaction between the religious and secular domains and explain how the prophetic mode can provide solutions to pressing problems such as war, oppression, poverty, hunger, and discrimination. The essays explore possibilities of achieving an integration of prophetic ethics, social scientific understanding, and democratic and constitutional statecraft and they describe how the prophetic mode currently manifests itself in political philosophy, history, religion, and literature.
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