Kingdon explores how the American polity is different from that of other countries - particularly other Western democracies - examining just how this uniqueness came about. It invites both introductory and advanced students to appreciate the roots and limits of American exceptionalism, and to recognize the profound importance of current debates over the government's role in our everyday lives.
Winston Churchill once quipped that America and Britain were separated by a common language. Kingdon (U. of Wisconsin-Madison), who teaches introductory American government courses, concurs regarding the uniqueness of the US system of government; explains how American ideology acquired its distinctiveness; compares it to that of other industrialized nations; and argues for a more balanced return to pragmatism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.