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America the Unusual

America the Unusual - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312189716

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ISBN13: 978-0312189716
ISBN10: 0312189710
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: St. Martins Press, Inc.
Published: 1999
International: No
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America the Unusual - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312189716

John Kingdon

ISBN13: 978-0312189716
ISBN10: 0312189710
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: St. Martins Press, Inc.

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

  • Highlights the unusual nature of the United States as compared to other countries--its constitutional system, the role of its political parties, the shape of its public policy, and the role of its government in economy and society
  • Candidly assesses what works and what doesn't in the American political system, arguing for a return to pragmatism
  • Surveys diverse perspectives on American development and uniqueness, bringing them together in a framework of "path dependence"

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Describing the Comparisons

Institutions
Political Parties
Public Policy
Conclusion

3. American Ideology

The Content
Some Results of American Ideology
Institutions and Ideas
Conclusion

4. Why Do Americans Think That Way?

Migration
Diversity and Localism
Economic Structure
Opportunity
Isolation
Conclusion: A Story of Path Dependence

5. Implications

Learning
Pragmatism
The Future

References