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An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of American Government and Politics
The American Studies Centres Annual Student Conference for 1998, again held at the Maritime Museum in Liverpool on October 21st, saw a record number of applications for places. This good news highlights the high level of interest amongst A Level/Access students.
The conference itself featured lectures by Niall Palmer (Brunel University) on the Presidency, Esther Jubb (Liverpool John Moores University) on the Supreme Court and Ian Scott (University of Manchester) on the Congress. All three lectures discussed the bridge or gap between the theoretical powers and the reality for the three branches of government.
Niall Palmer drew particular attention to vital importance of the use of the media by the president, highlighting the Bill and Hillary Medicare political advertisement on US television.
The problems President Clinton was facing at the time (and the role of both the Congress and Supreme Court) also provided a great opportunity during the Question and Answer session for an up to the minute analysis and appraisal.
Planning for the 1999 conference is well under way and will focus on Franklin D.Roosevelt and the New Deal.
Ian Ralston American Studies Centre
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