American Difference: American Politics from a Comparative Perspective

American Difference: American Politics from a Comparative Perspective

By: Michael R. Wolf (author), Lori Poloni-Staudinger (author)Paperback

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Through this book the authors show students that examining components of a (that of the US) political system comparatively allows political scientists to better see and learn the ways in which government is unique as well as see how other democracies function differently and successfully. This learning through contrast not only enriches students' understanding of their own political system, but this comparative context has become increasingly important as students see themselves as global citizens, competing and engaging in what is truly a globalized world and workforce. Unfortunately few American government texts offer much in the way of comparison to other countries and comparative politics books don't always situate the US in their analysis. This book fills that void with a crisply written and brief supplement.

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About Author

Lori Poloni-Staudinger, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. She specializes in citizen participation, at the individual and group levels, and political contention, particularly in democratic settings. Much of her work looks at gender in various contexts. She is the recent author, with Candice Ortbals, of Terrorism and Violent Conflict: Women's Agency, Leadership and Responses (2012, Springer). Michael R. Wolf (PhD Indiana University 2002) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne. His research focuses on comparative and American public opinion and political behavior. He has recently published on the nature and effects of political discussion in democracies and the dynamics of political compromise and political incivility. He is a research partner with the Kettering Foundation, a research fellow with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, and former Lugar Senior Fellow.

Contents

Tables, Figures, and Photographs Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Chapter 1: Introduction What Does It Mean to Examine American Politics from a Comparative Perspective? Is American Democracy the Best Type of Democracy? Why Is It Important to Examine American Politics from a Comparative Perspective? What to Expect in the Following Chapters How to Use This Book Key Terms Notes Chapter 2: Similarities between the United States and Other Democracies Introduction Definition of Democracy Procedural Democracy Public Contestation (Competition) and Inclusion (Participation) Freedoms Socioeconomic Development Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 3: American Exceptionalism Introduction Differing Views of Governing Legitimacy Functional Explanations for American Exceptionalism Social Democracy and Liberal Democracy Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 4: Political Beliefs Introduction Political Culture Civic Culture Political Engagement: Political Interest Interpersonal Trust, Reciprocity, and Social Capital Political Efficacy: Free Choice and Control over Life Distinction of American Cultural Beliefs Individualism and Economy Ideology Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 5: Political Institutions Introduction Majoritarian and Consociational Democracies Governing Institutions Vertical Organization of Government: Unitary, Federal, and Confederal Systems National Governing Institutions The Executive Branch The Legislative Branch Judiciary Civil Law Legal Tradition Systems Common Law Legal Tradition Systems Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 6: Interest Groups Introduction Interest Groups, Social Movements, and Social Movement Organizations Interest Group Life Cycle Pluralist Versus Neo-Corporatist Interest Group Arrangements Why Pluralist or Neo-Corporatist? Role of Interest Groups in the United States Historically and Today Types of Groups New Social Movements How Do Groups Participate in Politics? Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 7: Political Parties Introduction Party History and Formation Party Formation as a Result of Democratization American Party Development - Why Aren't Parties as Strong? The Nature of American Parties Where Are the American Cleavages? Role of Parties in Government American Two-Party System Versus Other Party Systems An Americanization of Parties Elsewhere or More Party Government in the United States? Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 8: Elections, Electoral Institutions, and Electoral Behavior Introduction Candidate Selection Electoral Institutions Plurality, Majority, and Proportional Representation Systems Consequences of Electoral Systems Context of Elections and Campaigns Voting Behavior: Electoral Participation Political Party Mobilization: Weak Party Organization in the United States Campaign Information Flow Clarity of Electoral Choice: Liberalism and Limited Government Evaluating the Consequences of the Electoral Context on Voter Participation Electoral Behavior: Determinants of Vote Choice Non-Voting Behavior Consequences of Electoral Laws, Context, and Voting for Democracy Conclusion Points to Remember Key Terms Review Questions Suggested Readings Notes Chapter 9: Conclusion Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/04/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483344355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781483344355
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 1483344355

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