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American Politics in Transition For the United States as for most states in the world the 1980s and 1990s were a time of change and challenge During this period the effects of change both within the US and internationally acted as push factors in many areas of life including economics and politics This sudden change was primarily due to global shocks and recessions increased foreign economic competition the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union the development of revolutionary new technologies the achievement of post-industrial society within the US slower rates of domestic economic growth and the demographic changes within American society By the Mid 1980s important developments had occurred within interest groups political parties By 1990s national debates were being held in regard to Americas future in the post-Cold War world Americas economic competitiveness culture morality and the states relationship with society Five major things must be taken under account when discussing American politics in transition 1 the basic nature of the American political system 2 the sources of political change since the late 1960s 3 the conservative renewal and the new conservative agenda 4 the Reagan-Bush legacy in politics and public policy 5 the new political and economic constraints in the era of divided government and 6 the public policy environment of the 1990s At the core of American political culture I support for the values of liberty egalitarianism individualism populism and laissez-faire The nature of this society with also has glorification of the individual and the rejection of conservative theories of organic society hierarchy and natural aristocracy Being an American means accepting this liberal Democratic creed laissez faire while those who reject it are considered to be un-American Americas political evolution has also been shaped by the continental scale of the American State The influx of immigration has caused there to be an extraordinary mixture of ethnic racial and religious groups
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