The US political system is designed to ensure that freedom and opportunity will always be protected, by making it almost impossible for power to become concentrated in the hands of a few people seeking to run society for their own benefit. Have these aims been achieved? The answer is that Americans have sharply contrasting views on how well their political system works. They disagreed with each other when they established the system at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and have continued to disagree ever since. This book covers the key issues, political systems and governing institutions at the heart of these disagreements, outlining the thinking behind the main points of view, to help its readers decide for themselves which viewpoint they find most persuasive. This new edition of the best-selling introduction to US Government and Politics has been completely revised and updated to reflect the changes in the area since the election of the new President.
Key Features *Presents a readable, accessible but academically stimulating introduction to the government and politics of the USA *Evaluates the US political system through the topics of: the Constitution; Race; the Supreme Court; Federalism; Elections; Political Parties; Pressure Groups; Congress; The Presidency
William Storey has been Principal Examiner for A2 US Government and Politics (Edexcel) for several years and, more recently, became Principal Examiner for A2 Key Issues in UK Politics (Edexcel). He provides consultancy to schools and colleges on teaching strategies and leads intensive revision courses. He is has written two revision guides on US Government & Politics and is a regular contributor to Politics Review, all published by Philip Allan.