This volume examines the array of challenges facing the Obama administration and the president himself. Topics range from how best to manage a ruptured ecomy to controlling the budget, the green agenda, foreign policy, and the recalibration of U.S. relations with Britain. It also includes sections on presidential leadership, elections,healthcare, and food poverty. The common theme throughout is the issue of governing in a fractured, unruly political environment, and the accompanying difficulties. Contributing scholars, based at academic institutions in the United States and the UK, offer a range of informed perspectives throughout this engaging work. Packed with detail yet highly accessible, this volume will appeal to those interested in American politics, history, and the political process.
Clodagh Harrington is a senior lecturer in American politics at De Montfort University in Leicester and vicechair of the UK American Politics Group. She recently contributed an essay on the rise of the Tea Party to John Dumbrell's Issues in American Politics: Polarized Politics in the Age of Obama.