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Author Vile, M. J. C.

Title Politics in the USA / M.J.C. Vile.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.

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 UniM Bail  320.973 VILE    AVAILABLE
Edition 5th ed.
Physical description ix, 237 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [230]) and index.
Contents 1 A government of limited powers 1 -- Challenge of American history -- Federalism -- Separation of powers -- Bill of Rights -- Unity and diversity -- Politics and the Constitution -- 2 Nature of American politics 17 -- Models of politics -- Sectionalism and nationalism -- Pluralist nature of politics -- Class -- Urban-rural-suburban politics -- Pluralism in American politics -- Role of individualism and personality -- 3 Two-party system 40 -- Fifty party systems -- Presidential and the congressional parties -- Why two parties? -- Grass roots democracy -- Local politics -- Structure of the parties -- Party organisation -- Campaign finances -- Ideological content of American politics -- Liberalism and conservatism -- Extremism and violence -- Clash on issues -- 4 Politics and elections 65 -- Caucuses and primary elections -- National conventions -- Campaign and the Electoral College -- House and Senate elections -- Elections and the states -- 5 Pressure politics 87 -- Group pluralism -- Interest groups and organisation -- Business interest groups -- Labour and politics -- Farmers and the government -- Public interest and cause groups -- Interest groups at work -- 6 Congressional politics 102 -- Parameters of congressional power -- Party discipline and party unity -- Influences on congressional voting behaviour -- Structure of Congress -- Congressional leadership -- Speaker -- Majority and minority floor leaders -- Party committees -- House Rules Committee -- Filibuster in the Senate -- Congressional committee system -- Conference committees -- Presidential veto power -- Congressional control of finance -- Other control functions -- Congress and policy making -- 7 Presidential politics 128 -- Political functions of the President -- Powers of the President -- Checks to presidential power -- Party chief and national leader -- Institutions of the Presidency -- Cabinet -- Executive Office of the President -- White House Office -- National Security Council -- Office of Management and Budget -- Council of Economic Advisers -- Problem of the Presidency -- Parameters of power -- Twenty-Second Amendment -- Power of the Presidency -- 8 Politics and the administration 156 -- Structure of the administration -- Executive departments -- Independent regulatory commissions -- Government corporations -- Federal civil service -- Congress and the Federal service -- Presidential control of the administration -- Administration and the Federal system -- 9 Politics and the judiciary 170 -- Supreme Court and judicial review -- Supreme Court as policy maker -- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954 -- Baker v. Carr, 1962 -- Steel Seizure Case: Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co v. Sawyer, 1952 -- Nature of judicial review -- Structure of the judicial system -- Judicial process -- Politics and the judges -- Studies of judicial behaviour -- Judicial activism of the Warren Court -- Role of the Court today -- Congress and the Court -- Court and public opinion -- 10 Making of policy in modern America 193 -- Roosevelt system -- New political system -- New American nationalism -- Democracy in the United States -- Health care reform -- Welfare reform and divided government -- Politics of abortion -- Cuba and Helms -- Burton -- Policy making in America -- Appendix 1 Constitution of the United States of America 209 -- Appendix 2 Factual tables -- 1 Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States 226 -- 2 Chief Justices of the United States Supreme Court 227 -- 3 Presidential elections: the Popular Vote and Electoral College votes, 1932-96 228 -- 4 Composition of Congress, 1933-98 229.
Summary Praise for the previous edition: .,."a sound, comprehensive and clearly written exposition of American politics." -The Times Literary Supplement This introductory text has been thoroughly up-dated to take account of the considerable developments in American politics over the last ten years. The book provides students with: essential background and history of the American political system; an insight into the nature of American politics including the rise of multiculturalism and the influence of the media and religion; an accessible account of issues such as the two-party system and the nature of democracy in the USA; appendices containing the Constitution of the United States with highlighted amendments; chronologies of the US presidents; and other useful information.
Subject United States -- Politics and government.
ISBN 041518729X (hbk)
0415187303 (paperback)