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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.

Domestic Policy
Domestic policy

If one accepts the premise that tribalism is a human universal, then the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in World War II, the exclusion of Jews from universities and the professions in the 1920s and 1930s, the ruthless persecution of Mormons, the removal of Indian tribes, and the maintenance of a brutal, racial caste system in the pre-1960s South seem less remarkable than the eventual alleviation, reversal, or abandonment of all these social policies by the American political system. Looking, moreover, at the overall record of Western Europe during a comparable time period, it is not at all clear that despite its organizational singularities the American approach to democratic self-government suffers greatly by comparison.

Nelson Polsby (1997: 179)

American democracy ensures the public get their way, ...

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