• 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.

Presidential Selection
Presidential selection

When he was a quarterback he played without a helmet.

Bob Dole on Jack Kemp

When his library burned down, it destroyed both books. Dole hadn't finished coloring in the second.

Jack Kemp on Bob Dole

It is the greatest honor of my life to have been asked to run by the greatest American hero.

Jack Kemp accepts Bob Dole's invitation to be his vice presidential running mate in 1996
  • The Traditional Picture
  • The Breakdown of the Established System
  • The Post-Reform Process
  • Evaluating the Criticisms
  • Conclusion
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