• 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.

Foreign Policy
Foreign policy

A multicultural America is impossible because a non-Western America is not American. A multicultural world is unavoidable because global empire is impossible. The preservation of the United States and the West requires the renewal of Western identity. The security of the world requires acceptance of global multiculturality.

Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations (1996: 318)

The war against terror will not end in a treaty. There will be no summit meeting, no negotiations with terrorists. This conflict can only end in their complete and utter destruction.

Vice President Dick Cheney, February 15, 2002
  • The Historical Context
  • Making Foreign Policy
  • The US Constitutio
  • The Executive Branch
  • Congress
  • The Military-Industrial Complex
  • Intermediary Organizations
  • Conclusion
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