There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.

The Presidency and Executive Branch

The presidency and executive branch
  • Presidents
  • Ratings
  • Backgrounds
  • Cabinet and Staff
  • Congressional Relations
  • Civil Service Employment
  • Regulations

On the one hand, studying the presidency poses a special problem for those interested in collecting statistical data. The scope and variety of data available on the presidency are limited by the singularity of the office and how individual presidents change the office’s organization and operation. The modern presidency has evolved since Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in the 1930s. Since FDR, the end of the Cold War and the rise of terrorism, the rapid developments in modes of communication, the growth of government power, and the shift in emphasis from conventions to primaries as a way of nominating presidential candidates have further changed the nature of the presidency and ...

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