A comprehensive, introductory text that has now been thoroughly up-dated to take account of the considerable developments in American politics over the last 10 years. It introduces students to the essential elements of the political system, establishing a framework from which to understand the intricacies of politics in the world's most powerful nation. The book provides students with: * essential background and history of the American political system * an insight into the nature of American politics including: the rise of multiculturalism; the influence of the media and religion; and urban, suburban, and rural politics * an accessible account of the two-party system, elections, congressional politics, presidential politics, the judiciary, policy-making, pressure politics, and the nature of democracy in the USA * appendices containing the Constitution of the United States with highlighted amendments, chronologies of the US presidents, and other useful information.
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