American government 1

American government 1 - John Kingdon America the Unusual...

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John Kingdon – America the Unusual America is fundamentally different from other industrialized nations in many ways o Constitutional system o Role of parties o Place of govt in economy and society o Shape of public policy American uniqueness o Constitutional system Separation of powers Checks and balances Federalism Constrained ability to change o Role of parties Weak parties Responsible to constituent, not party Not coalitional Value independence Party orgs have less power in elections now Party not only thing driving vote But is most likely o Size and role of government o Public policy Medical care Transportation Public utilities Public enterprise Welfare Housing American exceptions o Education o Regulation o Litigiousness – lawsuits/ court o Criminal justice o Defense establishment American public opinion o Size and scope of government 2/3 of republicans (67%) and 70% of republican leaning independents say
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