Controversies in American Politics and Society provides students with up-to-date reviews of the main controversies in American politics and society. Designed particularly to complement David McKay's best-selling American Politics and Society (Fifth Edition, 2001), it can also be used alongside other similar texts, to supply a more in-depth discussion of key American political and social issues. The controversies are divided broadly into those involving the institutions and processes of government and those involving government policies. Some of the debates, such as abortion and gun control, are part of every day discourse, while others, such as the role of Federalism, are debated in the quality media and among academics. The book stimulates students' interest by offering a range of arguments for and against a particular position. In presenting the controversies, each of the three authors takes a considered position, while ensuring that the reader gains a full appreciation of all sides of the debate.
David McKay is Professor of Government at the University ofEssex. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and paperson American and comparative politics, including the best-sellingAmerican Politics and Society (5th edition, BlackwellPublishers, 2001). David Houghton is Lecturer in Government at theUniversity of Essex. He is the author of papers on US foreignpolicy in leading journals and of the book US Foreign Policy andthe Iran Hostage Crisis (2001). Andrew Wroe is Research Fellow in the Department ofGovernment at the University of Essex and the author of papers onanti-immigration movements in the US and related issues.
List of Tables and Figures. Introduction: Conflict and Controversy in American Society: David Mckay.Part I: Institutions and Processes:1. Divided Government: Does it Matter?: David McKay.2. Trust in Government: A Crisis of Democracy?: Andrew Wroe.3. Voting and Non-Voting: America's Flawed Democracy?: David Houghton.4. Creating a Level Playing Field: Campaign Finance Reform: David Houghton.5. Containing Presidential Power: David Houghton.6. The Supreme Court and the Politics of Judicial Activism: David McKay.7. Direct Democracy: Power to the People?: Andrew Wroe.Part II: Policies:8. The Right to Bear Arms: Gun Control in America: Andrew Wroe.9. Immigration: A nation State or a State of Nations?: Andrew Wroe.10. Affirmative Action: The Continuing American Dilemma: Andrew Wroe.11. Anxiety Amid Plenty: Health Care Reform: David McKay.12. Capital Punishment: The Politics of Retribution: David Mckay.13. Providing for the Old but Not the Poor: Welfare Reform: David McKay.14. The Right to Life Debate: Abortion in the USA: Andrew Wroe.15. Manifest Destiny and Realpolitik: Realism versus Idealism in American Foreign Policy: David Houghton.16. America as a Global Economic Power: Free Trade versus Protectionism.Further Reading. Index.