By David T. Canon, William T. Bianco

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

American Politics this day is helping scholars comprehend the debates and controversies that they come upon within the information through emphasizing clash and compromise as typical elements of politics. The necessities version comprises all of the studying instruments from the total book—including hugely visible “How It Works” infographics and an method equipped round bankruptcy Goals—in a textual content that's 30% shorter.

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This similarity between behavior in political situations and in other contexts is no surprise; everything that happens in politics is the result of individuals’ choices. And the connections between politics and daily life mean you already know more about politics than you realize. IDENTIFY MAJOR SOURCES OF CONFLICT IN AMERICAN POLITICS SOURCES OF CONFLICT IN AMERICAN POLITICS Conflict must be addressed in order to find compromise and enact policy. Sometimes, however, disagreements resist resolution because of inherent differences among people and their opinions about government and politics.

Only about 75 percent of Americans describe themselves as white. 3 percent and rising, although this category contains many distinct subgroups. S. S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey. Also, personal ideologies are not always consistent. Someone could be both a fiscal conservative (favoring balanced budgets) and a social liberal (favoring the pro-choice position on abortion and marital rights for gay men and lesbians), or a liberal on foreign policy issues (supporting humanitarian aid and opposing the war in Afghanistan) and a conservative on moral issues (being pro-life on abortion and opposing stem cell research).

It is not just a game. Elections are an excellent example of the importance of the political process. Elections allow voters to give fellow citizens the power to enact laws, write budgets, and appoint senior bureaucrats and federal judges—so it does matter who gets elected. After the 2008 election, when Democrats captured control of Congress and the presidency, they enacted a massive economic stimulus package and new policies for alternative energy, global warming, education, health care, regulation of the mortgage and financial sectors, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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