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By David McKay

Now in its 8th variation, this renowned creation tackles the newest traits in American politics and society via clarification, analyses, and interpretations of presidency tactics – including useful context for college kids via contemplating those methods and advancements from a world perspective.

  • Fully up to date to take account of the various contemporary advancements in American politics and society – exploring essentially the most turbulent political arenas witnessed in decades
  • Features new chapters on environmental politics and the Obama presidency
  • Shifts its concentration from the space among public expectancies and executive functionality to the more and more divisive ideological weather of America’s political system
  • Benefits from a student-friendly variety and layout with various illustrations and quite a number important pedagogical beneficial properties, 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 USA, whereas totally embracing the newest advancements and contemplating those from a non-U.S. perspective

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Hence racial or gender quotas applied to employment or admission to college give preference to particular groups at the expense of ‘advantaged’ individuals who are not members of these groups (usually white or Asian males). 8 Although it is very difficult to generalize in this area, many on the right and in the Republican Party favour laws which respect individual merit, while many on the left and in the Democratic Party favour laws which respect the collective interests of disadvantaged groups.

Immigration has been a source of controversy in American politics since the first part of the nineteenth century. Throughout, critics of immigration have argued that mass immigration would ‘flood’ the country with people who were culturally alien and/or would fail to contribute economically. Hence, the Irish, southern and eastern European, Jews, East Asians (Chinese and Japanese) and, most recently, Southeast Asians and, in particular, Hispanics from Central and South America have successively been the target of antiimmigrant sentiment.

In addition, Americans have always mistrusted urban sophistication. They have instead idealized rural and small-town America, which many continue to see as the representation of traditional American values such as democracy and community. 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?

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