ISBN-10:
0312189710
ISBN-13:
2900312189715
Pub. Date:
08/15/1998
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
America the Unusual / Edition 1

America the Unusual / Edition 1

by John Kingdon
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900312189715
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/15/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1Introduction1
2Describing the Comparisons7
Institutions7
Political Parties11
Public Policy15
Conclusion22
3American Ideology23
The Content25
Some Results of American Ideology41
Institutions and Ideas50
Conclusion55
4Why Do Americans Think That Way?57
Migration58
Diversity and Localism64
Economic and Social Structure68
Opportunity74
Isolation77
Conclusion: A Story of Path Dependence79
5Implications85
Learning86
Pragmatism88
The Future95
References101
Index109

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America the Unusual 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.