A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions [3 volumes]: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions

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Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor
ABC-CLIO, 2009 M12 23 - 1430 pages

This reference resource combines unique historical analysis, scholarly essays, and primary source documents to explore the evolution of ideas and institutions that have shaped American government and Americans' political behavior.

One of the most active and revealing approaches to research into the American political system is one that focuses on political development, an approach that combines the tools of the political scientist and the historian. A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions is the first comprehensive resource that uses this approach to explore the evolution of the American political system from the adoption of the Constitution to the present.

A History of the U.S. Political System is a three-volume collection of original essays and primary documents that examines the ideas, institutions, and policies that have shaped American government and politics throughout its history. The first volume is issues-oriented, covering governmental and nongovernmental institutions as well as key policy areas. The second volume examines America's political development historically, surveying its dynamic government era by era. Volume three is a collection of documentary materials that supplement and enhance the reader's experience with the other volumes.

  • Over 50 contributors, including a mix of distinguished and cutting-edge political scientists and historians
  • Nearly 200 primary sources, including Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings, presidential speeches, and landmark Supreme Court cases
  • Classic engravings and political cartoons aligned with key periods in American political development
  • Tables of presidents and congressional leadership and maps showing electoral votes over time
  • Name and subject indexes for each volume

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About the author (2009)

Richard A. Harris, PhD, is professor at Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, with a joint appointment in political science and public policy and administration.

Daniel J. Tichenor, PhD, is research professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and associate professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ.

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