This is your one-stop guide to US politics, covering the key issues, political systems and governing institutions.
It includes examples, cases and data updated throughout.
It covers the 2010 Congressional Elections and the 2012 Presidential Election.
It includes the 'Tea Party' movement and its impact on the Republican Party.
It features additional material on the Roberts Court.
Updated analysis of foreign affairs reflects the contrast between President Bush and President Obama.
Each chapter touches on the central question of whether the US political system manages to protect freedom and opportunity - by making it almost impossible for power to become concentrated in the hands of a few - and gives the reader the information needed to make a judgement on how well the system works.
The Constitution: Federalism; Race and Ethnic Politics; Elections; Political Parties; Pressure Groups; The Judiciary; Congress; The Domestic Presidency; and, Foreign Affairs.