• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

American Government and Politics is a completely new introductory textbook designed and written for all students of politics coming to the subject for the first time. It provides a lively and accessible introduction and guide to all the main features and characteristics of one of the most distinctive and complex contemporary political systems in the world. From the impeachment of Bill Clinton, to the controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September 11, students will gain a balanced and critical understanding of all the key issues and debates in contemporary American government and politics today.

The Federal Bureaucracy
The federal bureaucracy

Government isn't the solution; government is the problem.

Ronald Reagan, 1980

It is good for democracy but bad for an effective presidency – though by no means always for either – that the chief executive possesses a highly imperfect capacity to induce the vast officialdom of the executive branch to abide by his purposes and follow his directives.

Louis Koenig, The Chief Executive (1996: 181)
  • The Growth of the Federal Bureaucracy
  • The US Constitution
  • Bureaucratic and Democratic Values
  • The Functions of the Federal Bureaucracy
  • Structure and Composition
  • Evaluating the Federal Bureaucracy
  • Conclusion
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