The United States has only two major political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans. These parties have
a duopoly, meaning that they share almost all the political power in the country.
Parties in Other Democracies
Most democratic countries have mor
Running head: A COMPARISON AND CONTRAST OF PILGRIMS AND PURITANS IN
VIRGINIA AND MASSACHUSETTS
A Comparison and Contrast of Pilgrims and Puritans In Virginia and Massachusetts
Lauren Anna Grace Welsh
Georgia Military College
More than 95 percent of court cases in the United States take place in state courts. Most crimes fall under state law,
and violations of those laws are tried in state courts. Under the Tenth Amendment, the states have great latitude in
how they structure
The Reconstruction Era (18681896)
The northern Republicans and southern Democrats continued to vie for power in the decades after the Civil War.
Blacks were able to vote for a brief period after the war, and they mostly voted Republican, in part because t
Interest groups influence government using variants on one of two strategies, the inside game and the outside game.
The inside game refers to attempts to persuade government officials through direct inside contact. Another term for
the inside game is lobb
There are three bases of American law:
Case law: Court decisions that inform judicial rulings
Constitutions: Agreements, such the U.S. Constitution and the state constitutions, that
outline the structure of government
Statutes: Laws made by gover
there are three layers of authority in the federal court system:
The Supreme Court is the highest federal court in the country.
The twelve Courts of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have
The Electoral College
The Electoral College officially decides the presidential election. Each state has the same number of electoral votes
as it has total seats in Congress. In most states, all of the states electoral votes are awarded to the presidentia
Bureaucrats put government policy into practice, and therefore the federal bureaucracy has a large impact on
policymaking. In order to get their policies passed, the president and Congress must work with the bureaucracy.
Controlling the bureaucracy can be