The American Anomaly

Author: Raymond A. Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135079110
Format: PDF
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Seymour Martin Lipset pronounced over a decade ago, "Someone who knows only one country knows no country." It is well established that students learn the intricacies of American politics better when they are presented in a comparative context. In today’s globalized society and workforce, it is all the more important for students to understand that the American political system is in many ways the exception and not the rule. Introductory textbooks on American government, however, rarely emphasize in sufficient depth how the United States compares to other political systems. And introductions to comparative politics infrequently situate the United States in their analysis. The American Anomaly systematically analyzes the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policy. Extended case studies in each chapter draw on all the major regions of the world. Thoroughly revised throughout, the third edition includes: Updates throughout to reflect recent developments, including battles for control of Congress and the White House in 2010 and 2012, the challenges and successes of the Obama presidency, and political developments including the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. The addition of a ready-reference glossary defining key terms, along with a key terms list at the end of each chapter. Updates to examples from other countries, such as changes to the European Union in light of the Eurozone crisis, the weakening of the Mexican state due to surges in drug-related crime, and the growth of China’s global role. A substantive update to the domestic policy and foreign policy chapters. A significant update on online/web-based activism, with particular regard to the expanding role of social media. New tables and charts in each chapter. A companion website also offers overview slides, links, and other supporting features.

The American Anomaly

Author: Raymond A. Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135907846
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The American Anomaly systematically analyzes and explains the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four distinct sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policymaking.

The American Anomaly

Author: Raymond A. Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135079129
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Seymour Martin Lipset pronounced over a decade ago, "Someone who knows only one country knows no country." It is well established that students learn the intricacies of American politics better when they are presented in a comparative context. In today’s globalized society and workforce, it is all the more important for students to understand that the American political system is in many ways the exception and not the rule. Introductory textbooks on American government, however, rarely emphasize in sufficient depth how the United States compares to other political systems. And introductions to comparative politics infrequently situate the United States in their analysis. The American Anomaly systematically analyzes the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policy. Extended case studies in each chapter draw on all the major regions of the world. Thoroughly revised throughout, the third edition includes: Updates throughout to reflect recent developments, including battles for control of Congress and the White House in 2010 and 2012, the challenges and successes of the Obama presidency, and political developments including the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. The addition of a ready-reference glossary defining key terms, along with a key terms list at the end of each chapter. Updates to examples from other countries, such as changes to the European Union in light of the Eurozone crisis, the weakening of the Mexican state due to surges in drug-related crime, and the growth of China’s global role. A substantive update to the domestic policy and foreign policy chapters. A significant update on online/web-based activism, with particular regard to the expanding role of social media. New tables and charts in each chapter. A companion website also offers overview slides, links, and other supporting features.

The Roots of American Exceptionalism

Author: C.
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113701640X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Draws on societies' unique histories, distinctive paths of institutional development and contrasting cultures to explain why they adopt different policies for common problems. It compares the United States with Sweden on tax policy, Canada on financing medical care, France on abortion policy, and Japan on immigration.

Importing Democracy

Author: Raymond A. Smith
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780313363375
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"These five volumes represent a huge achievement, and Kay Lawson and Praeger are to be congratulated on having seen the project through to such an impressive conclusion. This is the first time that we have seen such a systematic and comparable treatment of political parties in so many regions of the world. Gathering together the analyses and insights of expert scholars in almost 50 countries around the globe, these volumes offer a remarkably wide-ranging understanding of the relations between political parties, leadership, and democracy in the contemporary world, as well as a set of valuable insights into the role of parties in processes of democratization and even de-democratization. This will be a standard work of reference for many years to come."---Peter Mair, Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute, Florence "A hugely important task for any democratic society is reconciling the often contradictory roles carried out by scientists and policymakers. Alm, Burkhart, and Simon address the challenge of communicating technical information to public officials in ways that preserve the integrity of science without undermining key political values like accountability and representativeness. The result is a thought-provoking account of the nexus between science and public policy that is both enlightening and readable."---Charles Davis, Professor of Environmental Politics, Second Edition "Economic consultant and former public servant Moss argues that American politics have been corrupted by special interests, moneyed lobbyists, and the system of campaign finance. He supports this argument through interviews with a variety of Washington actors, including a lobbyist, a European diplomat, and individuals on both sides of the Washington political divide. He then describes the deleterious impact of this corruption in failing to address global warming, raise the minimum wage, fix the health care crisis, or address inner-city crime. He also connects the system's deteriorating political leadership to the tragedy of Iraq and offers a number of measures to solve the problem, including charging the American Political Science Association and other nonpartisan groups with developing candidate information profiles, founding a Federation of Public Interest Organizations,... providing public financing for all federal elections, and restoring federal service capabilities and expertise."---Reference & Research Book News One of the catchphrases of post-Cold War American foreign policy has been" exporting democracy"---to Russia and the former Soviet republics, Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond. This isn't new. In more than a third of its 112 military interventions since the 1898 Spanish-American War, the United States has declared its aim to export democracy to the countries in question. Yet America's own democratic system of government is in many respects flawed and outdated. Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government poses the simple but fertile question: Isn't it time that America lifted its exceptionalist embargo on foreign ideas and started to think about the possibility of importing some features from other liberal democracies that might make our system work better? As the oldest written constitution in the world, the U.S. Constitution contains many elements that are out of step with modern needs and norms. These anachronisms have loaded the American system with systemic problems that are only becoming worse in the present century: aggrandizing presidential powers, rancorous party bipolarization, contested sovereignty between national and state governments, preferential treatment of special interests above public ones, corruption of elected representatives by moneyed interests, and paralysis from the permanent antagonism among coequal branches of government. To track down potential models for reforming dysfunctional features of the American political system, author Raymond Smith selects 21 features from the political systems of 21 liberal democracies around the world---including Germany, Brazil, India, South Africa, Iceland, and Australia. He explores and evaluates whether and how U.S. politics and government might be enhanced by importing such ideas as proportional representation elections, a multiparty system, parliamentary practices of accountable government, votes of "no confidence" in the president, restraints on judicial power, a simplified constitutional amendment process, and much more.

Immigration Integration and Security

Author: Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822973386
Format: PDF, ePub
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Recent acts of terrorism in Britain and Europe and the events of 9/11 in the United States have greatly influenced immigration, security, and integration policies in these countries. Yet many of the current practices surrounding these issues were developed decades ago, and are ill-suited to the dynamics of today's global economies and immigration patterns. At the core of much policy debate is the inherent paradox whereby immigrant populations are frequently perceived as posing a potential security threat yet bolster economies by providing an inexpensive workforce. Strict attention to border controls and immigration quotas has diverted focus away from perhaps the most significant dilemma: the integration of existing immigrant groups. Often restricted in their civil and political rights and targets of xenophobia, racial profiling, and discrimination, immigrants are unable or unwilling to integrate into the population. These factors breed distrust, disenfranchisement, and hatred-factors that potentially engender radicalization and can even threaten internal security. The contributors compare policies on these issues at three relational levels: between individual EU nations and the U.S., between the EU and U.S., and among EU nations. What emerges is a timely and critical examination of the variations and contradictions in policy at each level of interaction and how different agencies and different nations often work in opposition to each other with self-defeating results. While the contributors differ on courses of action, they offer fresh perspectives, some examining significant case studies and laying the groundwork for future debate on these crucial issues.

Principles and Practice of American Politics Classic and Contemporary Readings 5th Edition

Author: Samuel Kernell
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1452226288
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Combining timeless readings with cutting-edge, current selections, Kernell and Smith bring judicious editing and important context for students learning the ropes of American government. This collection effectively examines the strategic behavior of key players in American politics, showing that political actors, though motivated by their own interests, are governed by the Constitution, the law, and institutional rules, as well as influenced by the strategies of others. The 5th edition features 17 new readings, including 5 pieces written specifically for this volume. True to form, each and every selection is artfully framed by Kernell and SmithÆs headnotes, providing an invaluable grounding for todayÆs students.

From Wealth to Power

Author: Fareed Zakaria
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400829187
Format: PDF, Docs
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What turns rich nations into great powers? How do wealthy countries begin extending their influence abroad? These questions are vital to understanding one of the most important sources of instability in international politics: the emergence of a new power. In From Wealth to Power, Fareed Zakaria seeks to answer these questions by examining the most puzzling case of a rising power in modern history--that of the United States. If rich nations routinely become great powers, Zakaria asks, then how do we explain the strange inactivity of the United States in the late nineteenth century? By 1885, the U.S. was the richest country in the world. And yet, by all military, political, and diplomatic measures, it was a minor power. To explain this discrepancy, Zakaria considers a wide variety of cases between 1865 and 1908 when the U.S. considered expanding its influence in such diverse places as Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Iceland. Consistent with the realist theory of international relations, he argues that the President and his administration tried to increase the country's political influence abroad when they saw an increase in the nation's relative economic power. But they frequently had to curtail their plans for expansion, he shows, because they lacked a strong central government that could harness that economic power for the purposes of foreign policy. America was an unusual power--a strong nation with a weak state. It was not until late in the century, when power shifted from states to the federal government and from the legislative to the executive branch, that leaders in Washington could mobilize the nation's resources for international influence. Zakaria's exploration of this tension between national power and state structure will change how we view the emergence of new powers and deepen our understanding of America's exceptional history.

History of Concepts

Author: Iain Hampsher-Monk
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789053563069
Format: PDF, Docs
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Hoewel enorm invloedrijk in Duitstalig Europa, heeft de conceptuele geschiedschrijving (Begriffsgeschichte) tot nu toe weinig aandacht in het Engels gekregen. Dit genre van intellectuele geschiedschrijving verschilt van zowel de Franse geschiedschrijving van mentalités als de Engelstalige geschiedschrijving van verhandelingen door het concept. Aan de hand van practische voorbeelden in de geschiedschrijving wordt deze vorm toegelicht door Bram Kempers, Eddy de Jongh en Rolf Reichardt.

The Logic of American Politics

Author: Samuel Kernell
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483319857
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Now featuring the logic of policymaking! Praised for its engaging narrative, The Logic of American Politics hooks students with great storytelling while giving them a taste of real political science. Students come to understand why institutional design concepts like voting rules and delegation help explain why the American political system works the way it does. The authors build students' critical thinking skills through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems. The Seventh Edition continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government, exploring issues such as the Affordable Care Act’s troubled implementation, the increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states, and the debate over President Obama’s executive action on immigration. A new concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, as shown through policies like health care reform, global climate change, and the federal budget.