• 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.

Elections and Voting Behaviour
Elections and voting behaviour

Voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting.

H.L. Mencken, 1956

The only way I won't get re-elected is if they catch me in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.

Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards (Democrat), 1983
  • Voting and Non-voting: rationality and ignorance
  • The Electoral System and the Electoral College
  • The Features of American Elections
  • Explaining American Voting Behaviour
  • Conclusion
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