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American Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Books

  • Autor: Richard M. Valelly
  • Editor: Oxford University Press
  • Relaese Date: 2016-11-23T15
  • ISBN: 0195373855
  • Format Book: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
  • Number of page: 152 pages
  • File Size: 13MB
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Description American Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) de Richard M. Valelly:

American politics seems to grow more contentious and complicated by the day, and whether American democracy works well is hotly debated. Amidst all this roiling partisan argument and confusing claims and counterclaims, there has never been a greater need for an impartial primer on the basics of the American political system. This Very Short Introduction gives readers a concise, accessible, and sophisticated overview of the vital elements of American democracy, emphasizing both how these elements function, their historical origins, and how they have evolved into their present forms. Richard Valelly covers all facets of America's political system: the bicameral Congress and the place of the filibuster, the legislative-executive process, the role of the Supreme Court, political parties and democratic choice, bureaucracy, the partisan revival, and the political economy. He offers as well an original analysis of the evolution of the American presidency and a fascinating chapter on the effects of public polling on political decision-making and voter representation. Valelly shows that the American political system is, and always has been, very much a work in progress--unfolding within, and also constantly updating, an eighteenth-century constitutional framework. In a refreshingly balanced and judicious assessment, he explores the strengths of American democracy while candidly acknowledging both gaps in representation and the increasing income inequality have sparked protest and intense public discussion. Finally, Valelly considers the remarkable persistence, for more than two centuries, of the basic constitutional forms established in 1787, despite the dramatic social changes that have reshaped virtually all aspects of American life. For anyone wishing to understand the nuts and bolts of how our political system works--and sometimes fails to work--this Very Short Introduction is the very best place to start. About the Series:Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable. Information regarding this author cannot be located or maybe is eradicated within the inquire on the article writer. You could possibly can be enthusiastic about alternative books because of the Richard M. Valelly. I was in a position to gather a lot of the a lot of iformatsii available for you. Regarding authors: web site doesn't extend to consumer gain access to your current publications on the pages simply preliminary specifics of the ebook. If you find that our site is usually infringing, be sure to write to you about this needless to say actually the writer of such publications, we shall rapidly take out internet pages in our internet site.

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