American politics and society by David McKay

By David McKay

Now in its 8th version, this well known creation tackles the latest developments in American politics and society via clarification, analyses, and interpretations of presidency methods – including worthy context for college kids by means of contemplating those tactics and advancements from a global perspective.

  • Fully up-to-date to take account of the numerous fresh advancements in American politics and society – exploring probably 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 executive functionality to the more and more divisive ideological weather of America’s political system
  • Benefits from a student-friendly type and layout with quite a few illustrations and a number priceless pedagogical gains, together with chronologies, biographies, and definition containers highlighting key ideas and arguable issues
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into the social historical past to modern politics in the United States, whereas totally embracing the newest advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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In addition there have been some quite dramatic changes in the distribution of population among the largest metropolitan areas. Two broad trends can be discerned. First is the very rapid growth of the southern and western cities and the relative decline of the northern cities. This is, of course, part of the ‘Sunbelt–Snowbelt’ divide much talked of in the 1970s. Second, since 1990 there have been clear signs of revival among some of the older metropolitan areas, with the Chicago, New York and Cleveland areas showing renewed growth.

As significant are the continuing high (but falling) levels of random violence and serious crime among the racial and ethnic minorities of America’s inner cities. There seems little doubt that these citizens are often politically excluded, isolated and socially alienated. For them, the optimism, materialism and egalitarianism that continue to dominate political discourse must either seem an irrelevance or serve as a diversion from their everyday lives. We can conclude this section by noting what is undoubtedly the most important feature of the American political culture: its ability to accommodate apparently deep divisions over the role of government in society, without challenging the constitutional order or what many have defined as ‘Americanism’.

Economic change From very humble beginnings the American economy had grown to the world’s largest by the end of the nineteenth century, and by 1945 the United States had established an effective global hegemony in economic affairs. America’s per capita income was easily the highest in the world for a large country, and the economy had achieved a 23 24 Beliefs, Values and American Society CONTROVERSY 2 How Classless Is American Society? The traditional view of American society is that it less affected by class status and class divisions than many European societies – and in particular countries that retain their old aristocracies such as Britain.

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