Launch of a new collection of essays on the contemporary issues in U.S. politics. The collection represents work of the Department of American Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. Is the U.S. as a country still capable of finding common ground and effective policy responses in the 21st century, or are the dividing lines within U.S. society actually becoming too deep and too wideto bridge, with potentially grave consequences for American social, political as well as economic development? This book discusses important contemporary U.S.wedge issues such as gun rights, racial and economic inequality, the role of the state,the politics of culture, interpretations of history and collective memory, polarization in national politics, and factionalism in domestic and foreign policy. It provides readers with conceptual tools to grasp the complexity of the current processes,policy formation, and political and social change under way in the United States.
In Czech and English.