• 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 Supreme Court
The supreme court

We live under a Constitution. But the Constitution is what the judges say it is.

Chief Justice Hughes

For myself, it would be most irksome to be ruled by a bevy of Platonic Guardians, even if I knew how to choose them, which I assuredly do not.

Judge Learned Hand
  • The Role of the Courts
  • The Structure of the Court System
  • Denying Democracy? The Case of Flag-burning
  • Appointing the Justices
  • After the Appointment: Life Tenure and Judicial Independence
  • Three Courts, Three Types of ‘Activism’
  • The Limits to Court Influence
  • A Juridicized Politics and a Politicized Judiciary?
  • Conclusion
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