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American Politics and Society [Paperback]

David McKay
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16 Mar 2005 1405126035 978-1405126038 6th Edition
Completely revised and updated to take full account of the most recent and dramatic changes in the nature of American government, the sixth edition provides a clear and concise introduction to US politics for all students of political science and American studies.
  • Explains, analyses and interprets the processes of US government and, crucially, appraises them from a non–US perspective. Includes commentary on the 2004 presidential election.
  • Fills in the social background to American political and economic life, preparing the ground for the central discussion of the book: the institutions of the federal government, Congress, the Supreme Court and the Constitution, the federal system, the Presidency, the party bandwagons and the electoral system.
  • Reduced emphasis on limited government and greater emphasis on foreign and domestic policy linked into the War on Terror. Reworked throughout to reflect recent developments, with two completely new chapters on The Media and American Politics, and The Security State.
  • Supported by a website,, including information on the book; its detailed contents; the author; controversies; sample chapters; selected tables; related titles; and links to other web resources. It will be regularly updated to ensure teachers and students have access to the most recent data.

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    • Paperback: 384 pages
    • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 6th Edition edition (16 Mar 2005)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1405126035
    • ISBN-13: 978-1405126038
    • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 17.2 x 24.4 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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    “Once again, McKay has delivered an excellent introduction to US politics. American Politics and Society is not just a re–write of previous editions, but a genuinely up–to–date and engaging volume that embraces recent developments in the US political system.” Jon Herbert, University of Keele

    "Since it was first published I have always used David McKay′s text for teaching American politics since it is ideal for introducing the subject to British students. This new edition is greatly to be welcomed. It is up–to–date and, like its predecessors, accessible and interesting for students. American Society and Politics will – deservedly – be a core text on numerous introductory courses." David Denver, Lancaster University


    "This text is a lucid introduction to how American politics works but it offers so much more by providing the social, economic and historical context that shapes the American polity allowing us to understand how politics changes in the United States." – John G Francis, University of Utah "There′s simply nothing like this text on the market. McKay has been consistently up to date in terms of dealing with the changes in US politics, up to the mark in integrating the best scholarship on US politics and up to the job of meeting both tutor and student demands. Authoritative, accessible and sophisticated, this book has become an integral foundation for teaching US politics" – Paul Taggart, University of Sussex --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to American politics 30 Nov 2001
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    This book is an excellent introduction to American politics, particularly for A-level and university students.
    The chapters are well researched and written in an enetertaining and iinformative style which is all to rare among poltical texts.
    Even if you're not a student this book provides an interesting insight into American politics: how it works, who works in it and basically, what it all means.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Dry 1 Feb 2002
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    Although impressive in its scope, the book can be both dry and inaccessible at times even to the most enthusiastic of students. Nevertheless, marvellously researched and relevant though not necessarily the best introduction to American government.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars American Politics and Society 19 Nov 2006
    By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
    'American politics and Society' is a good first port of call for those who wish to learn about how the various agencies/branches of American politics are formed and run. It is written as a standard text book, but this doesn't detract from the readability of the text. This is a great introduction to American Politics. I bought my copy when doing my A-levels and I still refer back to it now to clarify points, or just to dip into out of general interest. His style is easy to read and his explanations are clear. It covers all the major topics you would wish to look at in your studies, has extensive charts, tables and graphs and is a great references book for anyone interested in politics. Well worth a look. Also check out 'Development is American Politics' edited by Gillian Peele, which also has some excellent information in a selection of essays form.

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