US politics today

Third edition

By Edward Ashbee

US politics today


  • eBook

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8219-1
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: August 2012
  • BIC Category: United States of America, USA, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
  • Series: Politics Today


The third edition of US politics today provides a concise, up-to-date and accessible introduction to US government and politics. It offers a survey of core institutions such as the Presidency, Congress and the US Supreme Court, assesses the electoral system and considers the part played by organised interests and political parties. The book includes coverage of the 2008 presidential election and the Obama administration's record in office.

The book also introduces some of the most important debates and arguments within American political science. These include theories of voting behaviour, different approaches to presidential power, competing perspectives on the changing nature of the political parties, and contrasting representations of the lobbying process.

The book is of particular relevance to undergraduate and A-level students but is also valuable for the general reader.


Introduction and preface
1. Elections and campaigns
2. Political parties and voting behaviour
3. Organised interests, lobbying and advocacy
4. The US Constitution
5. Congress and the passage of legislation
6. The president and the executive branch
7. The US Supreme Court, jurisprudence and rights
8. Theories, perspectives and concepts


Edward Ashbee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School

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