American Government and Politics: A Concise Introduction by Robert Singh

By Robert Singh

American executive and Politics is a very new introductory textbook designed and written for all scholars of politics coming to the topic for the 1st time. It presents a full of life and available advent and advisor to the entire major gains and features of 1 of the main specified and complicated modern political structures on the earth. From the impeachment of invoice Clinton, to the debate surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September eleven, scholars will achieve a balanced and demanding knowing of all of the key matters and debates in modern American govt and politics this day. a few key underlying issues comprise: - the character of yank values and id - the effect of the structure on political improvement - the ways that key governing associations functionality to provide family and international coverage. Key positive aspects comprise: - complete word list of keyword phrases - dialogue and precis containers - internet hyperlinks and courses to extra analyzing Robert Singh is a lecturer in politics at Birkbeck university, London. American executive and Politics: A Concise advent is the root spouse textual content to modern American Politics: concerns and Controversies additionally released through SAGE. `Rob Singh has written a finely prepared and informative textbook that mixes to an strangely excessive measure analytical readability, accessibility of fashion and shape, and an enlightened scepticism approximately bought knowledge. this is often an admirable publication' - Nigel Bowles, St Anne's collage, Oxford `Full of topical info and written with glowing readability, this e-book is a short-cut to excellence for the discriminating scholar' - Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Professor of yank historical past, college of Edinburgh `In American executive and Politics Robert Singh presents a good creation to the topic. His process is extensive ranging, his examples good chosen and his kind is offered. it'll make an incredible e-book for introductory and extra complex college classes on US executive. I strongly suggest the e-book to academics and scholars' - Desmond King, Mellon Professor of yank govt, collage of Oxford `This is a good written and energetic publication that's an immense addition to the ranks of textbooks on American politics. considered one of its many virtues is its attractiveness that the textbook at the present time comes in handy to a scholar provided that it hyperlinks to the realm of web-based assets. hugely suggested' - Alan Ware, Worcester collage, Oxford

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In these interlocking ways, the Constitution has patterned the structure of government and politics from 1787 to the present. conviction that ‘ambition must be made to counter ambition’. Not only was the personnel of government separated so that no individual could sit in more than any one branch at a time, but the powers of individual branches of government – the executive, legislative and judicial branches – were both specified and shared. Each branch was granted particular powers and each also had a check on the others, thereby balancing the exercise of any one power by making this a shared matter.

But it was another document, the Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781, that established a new system of government for the 13 independent states under a confederal system. Similar to the structure of the United Nations today, the confederation allowed each individual state its own power and autonomy, with citizenship a state matter and the federal government possessing no real authority over either the states or individual citizens. The national government was hence too weak to function effectively, with no separate executive branch, no judicial branch and a unicameral Congress.

If so, how do we account for the pronounced political conflicts that h ve occurred in America? ● Are the forces that divide Americans more powerful than those that unite them? ● In what respects, if any, is America still ‘exceptional’? 2 T he US Constitution We’ve got a fantastic Constitution. President Geor ge W. Bush, Januar y 15, 2002 I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was for ever ‘fixed’ at th Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, fo esight and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers par ticularly pr ofound.

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