American Politics and Society by David McKay

By David McKay

Now in its 8th variation, this renowned creation tackles the latest tendencies in American politics and society via rationalization, analyses, and interpretations of presidency procedures – including priceless context for college students via contemplating those techniques and advancements from a world perspective.

  • Fully up to date to take account of the various contemporary advancements in American politics and society – exploring some of the most turbulent political arenas witnessed in decades
  • Features new chapters on environmental politics and the Obama presidency
  • Shifts its concentration from the distance among public expectancies and govt functionality to the more and more divisive ideological weather of America’s political system
  • Benefits from a student-friendly kind and layout with a number of illustrations and more than a few useful pedagogical positive factors, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition bins highlighting key options and arguable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social history to modern politics in the USA, whereas totally embracing the most recent advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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Stanley and Richard G. Niemi, Vital Statistics on American Politics, 2007–2008, © 2007 CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications. But too much can be read into these shifting sentiments. 10 The institutions and processes that succour American democracy and the rule of law are highly respected. If anything, recent evidence of declining trust in government reflects an increasing sophistication among voters, who are now making more conscious connections between what parties and politicians promise and how they perform.

First, opponents of immigration argue that many Hispanics, and especially immigrants of Mexican origin, hold a greater allegiance to the mother country than to the USA. Unlike earlier waves of immigrants, they maintain their linguistic and cultural identity across generations. Second, illegal immigration is widespread across poorly policed borders. Third, they argue that during difficult economic times, the new immigrants – and especially their children – constitute a strain on hard pressed welfare and social services.

These figures do not always translate into increased levels of poverty. In fact, measuring the number of poor people in the USA is difficult. Poverty is a relative concept and it is extraordinarily hard to measure accurately. 7A Change in real family income by quintile and top 5%, 1979–2005 Source: US Census Bureau, Historical Income Tables (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2007), table F-3. 7B Top 1% share of total pre-tax income, 1913–2005 Source: Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, ‘Income inequality in the United States, 1913 –1998’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118/1 (2003).

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