American Government

Conflict, Compromise, and Citizenship

Christopher J Bosso; John Portz; Michael Tolley

First Edition • January 1, 2000 • 592 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813368719 • $59.00 USD$47.50 CAN


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Woven through this text is the unifying theme that American politics represents conflict and compromise, in direct opposition to the increasingly commonly held view that all politics are dirty and all politicians are crooks. By presenting a balance of essential factual content with a broad assessment of system dynamics and their policy effects, the authors provide an accessible yet sophisticated overview of American politics.


  • Coherent theme of conflict versus compromise in the American political system
  • Consistent examination of American history for institutional development
  • Emphasis on the positive role of citizenship in shaping good government Each chapter is accompanied by primary source readings
  • Concise 12 chapter format

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Christopher J. Bosso is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. He is author of Pesticides and Politics: The Life Cycle of a Public Issue (1987) and winner of the Policy Studies Organization award for the best book in policy studies.

John H. Portz is associate professor and director of graduate programs in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. He is author of The Politics of Plant Closings (1990) and co-author of City Schools and City Politics (1999). Portz also serves as an elected town councilor in the city of Watertown, Massachusetts.

Michael C. Tolley is associate professor and director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. Among Prof. Tolley’s works are State Constitutionalism in Maryland (1992), Courts of Admiralty in Colonial America (1995), and the forthcoming Freedom, Rule of Law, and Democracy in the United States and Britain.

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