• 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.

Political Parties and the Party System
Political parties and the party system

In America democracy is unthinkable save in terms of a two-party system, because no collection of ambitious politicians has long been able to think of a way to achieve their goals in this democracy save in terms of political parties.

John H. Aldrich (1995: 296)

Partisanship does not define eras; ideology does. Just as Richard Nixon was the last New Deal president, it is very likely that Bill Clinton will be the last Republican-era president.

Theodore Lowi (1995: xi)
  • The US Constitution
  • What do the Democrats and Republicans Stand for?
  • How Healthy? Decline, Adaptation and Revival
  • Conclusion
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