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The role of the Congress is essential to any study of American government and politics. It would be impossible to gain a complete understanding of the American system of government without an appreciation of the nature and workings of this essential body. This text looks at the workings of the United States Congress, and uses the Republican period of ascendancy, which lasted from 1994 until 2000, as an example of how the Congress works in practice. The book illustrates the basic principles of Congress using contemporary and recent examples, while also drawing attention to the changes that took place in the 1990s. The period of Republican control is absent from many of the standard texts and is of considerable academic interest for a number of reasons, not least the 1994 election, the budget deadlock in 1995 and the Clinton impeachment scandal of 1999. The book traces the origin and development of the United States Congress, before looking in depth at the role of representatives and senators, the committee system, parties in Congress, and the relationship between Congress and the President, the media and interest groups.

Open Access (free)
Francisco E. González
Desmond King

15 The United States francisco e. gonzález and desmond king Any discussion of the United States’ political democratization is fundamentally complicated by its role since 1917 as a global model and defender of liberal democracy, a role that burgeoned after 1941. As a consequence of this responsibility, historically the United States’ democratization has been both a domestic and international process. National and international politics have presented two trajectories that cohere into a common narrative of democratization (King 2004). This narrative is a

in Democratization through the looking-glass
A political and legal analysis, Second edition

The United States Supreme Court is an important, exciting and controversial institution. This book includes the major decisions of the 2014 and 2015 Supreme Court Term. It examines some of the fascinating policy issues that are central to the Court by examining its contemporary agenda. The book analyses the Court's major decisions on controversial issues such as race, abortion, capital punishment and gay rights. It explains the ideas that underpinned the creation of the Supreme Court in the first place and how and why it has changed over the years. The book then investigates how the framers of the Constitution envisaged the nature and the role of the Supreme Court, and how and why these have evolved. With examples, it also explains the process by which the personal, the judicial and the political are interwoven in some of the Court's most important cases. Next, the book takes up the specifically judicial and legal basics of the Court's structure and processes and looks at the rules and procedures that govern the Justices' work. The key concept of judicial review, the source of the Court's power is then examined. The book moves on to analyse one of the most controversial features of the contemporary Supreme Court, the process of appointing new Justices, and examines the politicisation of the appointment process. Finally, it explores how powerful is the Court and what is its role in American government and politics.

Deepening ties and securitising cyberspace
Maryanne Kelton
Zac Rogers

Introduction: Strengthening the alliance Obama’s politics of liberal internationalism promoted the rule of law, free trade and democratic values throughout the Asia Pacific. At the same time, his pragmatic realism was designed to secure the United States’ position in the region. This approach extended to deepening ties with regional allies and fostering the growth and corporatisation of US cyber capability. On both counts, he found a willing ally in Australia. Obama’s specific legacy, then, was to consolidate US–Australia political and economic relations

in The United States in the Indo-Pacific
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Partisan politics, carte blanche and policy variation
Robert Mason

This group, it is argued in a civil suit filed by Saad Al Jabri in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, are noted as the personal mercenaries of the crown prince. They are alleged to have been sent to execute Saad Al Jabri where he resides in Canada for what he may know about the royal family, which could undermine Mohammed bin Salman's relations with the White House. 74 One might imagine that these cases reflect a problem for the Biden administration to secure individuals who have

in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
Thomas M. Hanna

Chapter 1 Public ownership in the United States and around the world Despite more than four decades of pressure for privatization, ­public ownership in practice remains incredibly common – and popular – on the ground throughout the developed and developing world. A 2014 report by the OECD, for instance, found that in just 34 countries there were 2,111 state owned enterprises with around 6 million employees and a total value of over $2 trillion (this was only at the central or federal level of government. Local and regional publicly owned enterprises were not

in Our common wealth
James Johnson

Does the United States still harbour ambitions to regain its (albeit fleeting) unipolar status? Or is it instead resigned to an existence as simply one of a number of great powers in a multipolar era? 1 In what ways is the increasingly multipolar strategic environment encouraging new forms of competition that may threaten stability? Alternatively, will the increasingly competitive US–China relationship dominate world politics, creating what would therefore be a new bipolarity? International

in National perspectives on a multipolar order
Todd H. Green

Introduction By most metrics, Islamophobia in the United States (US) has been on the rise since the al Qaeda attacks of 11 September 2001. In partisan politics and public policy, at the individual and systemic levels, Muslims and those perceived as Muslim have been singled out for exclusion, discrimination, and violence in unprecedented ways in modern US history (Mogahed and Mahmood 2019 ). A common assumption in public discourse and in the mainstream media is that white conservative Americans in general, and the

in The rise of global Islamophobia in the War on Terror
International socialisation across the pond?
Kelly Kollman

Kollman 06_Tonra 01 03/12/2012 12:45 Page 143 6 Same-sex unions in Canada and the United States: international socialisation across the pond? This chapter examines the extent to which processes of international socialisation have shaped debates about same-sex relationship recognition in Canada and the US despite their greater distance – both geographic and political – from the European polity in which the SSU norm first appeared. Perhaps because of these distances very little of the burgeoning literature on US and Canadian LGBT politics has examined the ways

in The same-sex unions revolution in western democracies
Clara Eroukhmanoff

envisaged, the discourse changed to one of saving the women and children of Iraq from the oppression of a dictator. This fulfilled a gendered Western security narrative that views Western interventions as helping and saving oppressed women in other parts of the world, or in Spivak's ( 1994 , 93) terms, ‘white men are saving brown women from brown men’. This discourse had already been issued in 2001 in Afghanistan and during the 1990s, especially under Clinton, in what US foreign policy commentator Sebastian Mallaby ( 1997 ) called ‘the United States’ noble phase’, a

in The securitisation of Islam