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The Resource American politics : a very short introduction, Richard M. Valelly

American politics : a very short introduction, Richard M. Valelly

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American politics : a very short introduction
Title
American politics
Title remainder
a very short introduction
Statement of responsibility
Richard M. Valelly
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
American politics seems to grow more contentious and complicated by the day, and whether American democracy works well is hotly debated. Amidst all this roiling partisan argument and confusing claims and counterclaims, there has never been a greater need for an impartial primer on the basics of the American political system. This Very Short Introduction gives readers a concise, accessible, and sophisticated overview of the vital elements of American democracy, emphasizing both how these elements function, their historical origins, and how they have evolved into their present forms. Richard Valelly covers all facets of America's political system: the bicameral Congress and the place of the filibuster, the legislative-executive process, the role of the Supreme Court, political parties and democratic choice, bureaucracy, the partisan revival, and the political economy. He offers as well an original analysis of the evolution of the American presidency and a fascinating chapter on the effects of public polling on political decision-making and voter representation. Valelly shows that the American political system is, and always has been, very much a work in progress--unfolding within, and also constantly updating, an eighteenth-century constitutional framework. In a refreshingly balanced and judicious assessment, he explores the strengths of American democracy while candidly acknowledging both gaps in representation and the increasing income inequality have sparked protest and intense public discussion. Finally, Valelly considers the remarkable persistence, for more than two centuries, of the basic constitutional forms established in 1787, despite the dramatic social changes that have reshaped virtually all aspects of American life. For anyone wishing to understand the nuts and bolts of how our political system works--and sometimes fails to work--this Very Short Introduction is the very best place to start
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Valelly, Richard M
Dewey number
320.473
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK275
LC item number
.V36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Very short introductions
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Politics and government
  • United States
  • Politisches System
  • USA
  • United States
Label
American politics : a very short introduction, Richard M. Valelly
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-126) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elements of American democracy -- The presidency -- Congress and its bicameralism -- The legislative-executive process -- The Supreme Court -- Bureaucracy -- Public opinion and its influence -- Political parties and democratic choice -- The partisan revival -- Politics in the new gilded age
Control code
ocn796758436
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xv, 136 pages
Isbn
9780195373851
Lccn
2012024527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195373851
  • (OCoLC)796758436
Label
American politics : a very short introduction, Richard M. Valelly
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-126) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Elements of American democracy -- The presidency -- Congress and its bicameralism -- The legislative-executive process -- The Supreme Court -- Bureaucracy -- Public opinion and its influence -- Political parties and democratic choice -- The partisan revival -- Politics in the new gilded age
Control code
ocn796758436
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xv, 136 pages
Isbn
9780195373851
Lccn
2012024527
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780195373851
  • (OCoLC)796758436

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