This is a current analytical examination of the main institutions and political processes in the United States. Focused on the trends of the 1990s, the book sets the scene for a thorough understanding of American politics into the 21st century. The contributors are: Christopher J. Bailey, Cornell Clayton, Philip John Davies, John Dumbrell, Richard L. Engstrom, James Giordano, Dilys M. Hill, Patricia W. Ingram, Brian Jacobs, Jason F. Kirksey, John E. Owens, Jonathan Parker, Gillian Peele, B. Guy Peters, Steve Reilly, Alan Ware, Wegner, and Graham Wilson.
Introduction - PART 1: THE INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK - The Post-Clinton Presidency; G.Wilson - Congress and Partisan Change; J.Owens - The Rehnquist Court, the Constitution and the Clinton Administration; C.Clayton - The American Federal Bureaucracy; P.Ingraham - The Changing American Federal System; C.J.Bailey - PART 2: DYNAMICS - Political Parties; G.Peele - Interest Groups; S.Reilly - Electoral Politics; B.Cain & A.Wegner - PART 3: PUBLIC POLICY - Economic Policy; B.Guy Peters - Social Policy; D.Hill - Foreign Policy; J.Dumbrell - PART 4: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES - Education Policy; J.Parker - Race and Affirmative Action; R.Engstrom - Campaign Finance Reform; J.Kirksey - The Regional City: Governance and Competitiveness in Pittsburgh; B.D.Jacobs - Media; P.Davies - PART 5: AMERICAN POLITICS AT THE CENTURY'S END: AN OVERVIEW - The American Political System in Transition to a New Century; A.Ware