US politics today

Fourth edition

By Edward Ashbee

US politics today


  • eBook

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2451-7
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: June 2019
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, United States of America, USA, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics & government, Early 21st century c 2000 to c 2050, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics
  • Series: Politics Today


US politics today not only introduces the defining features of contemporary American politics but also considers the strengths and weaknesses of a system that is now under serious strain.

The book is ideal for students, teaching staff and the general reader. It outlines the ways in which the Constitution shapes the politics of today, surveys the role of the presidency, Congress and the federal courts, and examines processes of political participation through elections, organized interests and parties. It pays particular attention to Barack Obama and Donald Trump's turbulent years in office and the ways in which recent decades have reshaped the US political landscape.

US politics today also places the US in a comparative context and considers key theoretical perspectives. In sum, the book not only provides an indispensable introduction to contemporary American politics but establishes a basis for informed commentary and further study.


List of tables
1 The US Constitution
2 The US Congress
3 The Presidency and the Executive Branch
4 The US Supreme Court
5 US democracy and participation: elections
6 Political participation: parties and interests
7 Putting US politics in context: theories and comparisons


Edward Ashbee is Professor with special responsibilities in American Politics and Policy at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

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