An Introduction to American Politics - D. W. BroganHamish Hamilton, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Boards slightly faded. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The object of this book is to provide a picture of the contemporary American political scene and to make intelligible the principles and practice of the American political system.
No other British writer knows more about the United States than D. W. Brogan, who is Professor of Political Science at Cambridge. His The American Political System, first published in 1933, was immediately recognised as the standard work on the subject. Since then it has been frequently reprinted but there have been such widespread changes in American society, in the American role in the world and, consequently, in American political aims and methods that Professor Brogan feels that the time has come to supersede it with this completely new Introduction to American Politics.
The earlier book appeared in the year of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration. In the intervening years, the epoch of the ‘New Deal’, the arrival in the United States of the ‘welfare state’, the rapid rise in political and economic importance of trade unions, the shifting status of minority groups like the Negroes, the immense extension of federal authority under the New Deal and during the Second World War, all these have profoundly altered the American political system. Other factors, equally influential, have been the appearance of the United States as one of the two great world powers, the much greater importance of the armed services, and the vastly increased share of the national income collected and spent by the federal government.
Inside the governmental system, there have been important changes in the power and personnel of the Supreme Court, in the distribution of power between the Senate and the House of Representatives and, during the unprecedented four terms of Roosevelt, between Congress and the President. Political methods have been affected by technical changes such as radio and television, by the great extension of air travel, by the ‘Americanisation’ of immigrant groups, by the disappearance of traditional political habits and by shifts in the economic character of many regions.
While attention has been paid to the legal and traditional elements in American politics and to the history of institutions, the main emphasis of this book is on the United States of today.”