America the Unusual / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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Table of Contents
|2||Describing the Comparisons||7|
|Some Results of American Ideology||41|
|Institutions and Ideas||50|
|4||Why Do Americans Think That Way?||57|
|Diversity and Localism||64|
|Economic and Social Structure||68|
|Conclusion: A Story of Path Dependence||79|
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This might make a good high school or elementary college text, but as a serious reader of history I found it disappointing. American exceptionalism is clearly a topic with a lot of current political importance, and had hoped for an illuminating discussion of the ways in which America really is different. The author points out the obvious differences -- a limited government, loosely disciplines political parties, individualism and localism -- and takes a quick look at their possible sources, and their potential implications. There is, however, little in the book that was new or thought-provoking. Indeed, it is to a large extent a review of existing literature, and not a very useful one.