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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; illustrated edition edition (22 Sept. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0855206365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0855206369
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,696,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David McKay′s American Politics and Society remains an excellent introductory guide to US politics. [...] This new book benefits from a thorough updating."
––Jon Herbert, Keele University ( Times Higher Education Supplement, November 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"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

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2006
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'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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jem on 4 Feb. 2011
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I used this book to make sure I covered all the bases for my Politics of the USA essay and found it to be brilliant. Whilst of course many sources are needed to write a good final year degree paper (and i got a first wohoo!) its fantastic for getting a good understanding of American politics. Its simple enough to read for anyone interested in an overview of American politics, but covers enough ground to be an interesting read even for the pro as it offers the alternative arguments to many controversial topics. I would recommend it.
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