America the Unusual

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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.

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Overview

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.

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312217341
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Describing the Comparisons 7
Institutions 7
Political Parties 11
Public Policy 15
3 American Ideology 23
The Content 25
Some Results of American Ideology 41
Institutions and Ideas 50
4 Why Do Americans Think That Way? 57
Migration 58
Diversity and Localism 64
Economic and Social Structure 68
Opportunity 74
Isolation 77
Conclusion: A Story of Path Dependence 79
5 Implications 85
Learning 86
Pragmatism 88
The Future 95
References 101
Index 109
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