This work introduces readers to politics by exploring the cultural foundations of American political ideals and understandings. The basic values of America's liberal political inheritance are discussed in order to identify the common political vision that unites the country and forms a common polity. Special emphasis in given to the way American political ideals inform the institutional commitments characteristic of American politics and to the spirit of social justice that flows from the American concern for equal freedom.
Craig L. Carr is professor of political science at the Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.
Chapter 1 Politics and Power Chapter 2 Liberalism: Politics in the American Mold Chapter 3 Liberal Ideas Chapter 4 Social Justice Chapter 5 Liberal Institutions Chapter 6 The Bureaucratic Phenomenon Chapter 7 Requiem for Democracy Chapter 8 Politics and the Future