This wide ranging book provides readers with a reliable and lively guide to contemporary American political practices, processes and institutions.
Essays in the proposed volume will cover phenomena such as the Tea Party upsurge in the Republican Party, Obama's health care reforms, recent changes to campaign funding emanating from the key Citizens' United Supreme Court decision, US foreign policy after the War on Terror, Obama's presidential strategy and issues relating to polarisation and partisanship in US politics.
This work is essential reading for all students of American Politics and US Foreign Policy.
John Dumbrell is Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, UK.
Introduction: Issues In American Politics: Polarized Politics In The Age Of Obama John Dumbrell 1. Barack Obama And The Strategic Presidency George C. Edwards III 2. The Problem Of Presidential Strategy Jon Herbert 3. Health Politics And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Daniel Beland And Alex Wadden 4. The Obama Administration, The Promise Of Reform And The Role Of Business Interests Edward Ashbee 5. The Quest For Renewed Economic Prosperity: Us Economic Policy In The 21st Century Iwan Morgan 6. The Culture War: Is America Polarizing? Andrew Wroe 7. The Onward March Of (Asymmetric) Polarization In The Contemporary Congress John E. Owens 8. Never Mind The Details: Here's The Tea Party Clodagh Harrington 9. The Sarah Palin Phenomenon: The Washington-Hollywood-Wall Street Syndrome In American Politics, And More ... Clive Thomas 10. Contemporary Elections Philip Davies 11. American Campaign Finance In Comparative Perspective Dean Mcsweeney 12. The Ever Weakening Wall?: The Roberts Supreme Court And The Church-State Debate Emma Long