American Politics Today (3rd Edition) by David T. Canon, William T. Bianco

By David T. Canon, William T. Bianco

All of the instruments scholars have to comprehend American politics—in a briefer text.

American Politics this present day is helping scholars comprehend the debates and controversies that they stumble upon within the information through emphasizing clash and compromise as ordinary components of politics. The necessities variation comprises the entire studying instruments from the total book—including hugely visible “How It Works” infographics and an technique prepared round bankruptcy Goals—in a textual content that's 30% shorter.

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Madison assumed that people are self-interested: we want what is best for ourselves and for our families, and to satisfy those interests we form groups with like-minded people. Madison saw these groups, which he called factions, as being opposed to the public good, and his greatest fear was of tyranny by a faction imposing its will on the rest of the nation. For example, if one group took power and established an official state religion, that faction would be tyrannizing people who practiced a different religion.

The long-running debate over immigration reform is strong evidence of this. Many of the same observations apply to gender and politics. The women’s movement is usually viewed as beginning in 1848 at the first Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York. The fight for women’s suffrage and legal rights dominated the movement through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the 1960s and 1970s, feminism and the women’s liberation movement highlighted workplace issues such as maternity leave, equal pay, and sexual harassment; reproductive rights and abortion; domestic violence; and sexual violence.

The episode seems like a classic example of elected officials creating conflict in order to gain political advantage, ignoring the damage they were doing to the country as a whole. However, political motivations are only a partial explanation. Debates over budgets and debt limits are not just about money; they are also about determining what government does. How much should the government spend on defense—but also how should America’s armed forces be used? How much should be spent on Medicare—but also what are the limits on the government’s responsibility to provide health care to senior citizens?

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