By Grofman, Bernard; Lijphart, Arend; Shugart, Matthew Soberg; Taylor, Steven L

American democracy differs significantly from different democracies worldwide. yet is the yank far more or much less efficacious than related democracies in Asia, Latin the US, or Europe? What if the U.S. had a main minister rather than (or as well as) a president, or if it had 3 or extra events in Congress rather than ? could there be extra partisan animosity and legislative gridlock or much less? those are the types of questions that pondering U.S. govt in comparative point of view is helping us to analyze.
This helpful contribution to political experiences takes a special method of a much-studied topic, the U.S. govt from a comparative perspective. 4 exotic students within the box learn the structure, the two-party process, the department of energy among country and federal governments, and different significant good points of the yankee political process by way of how they fluctuate from different democracies, and so they discover what these alterations finally suggest for democratic functionality. through merging very important fields of analysis, American govt and comparative political platforms, this crucial textual content bargains a brand new and refreshingly insightful view of yankee exceptionalism.

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However, because any discussion of American democracy in a comparative context inevitably raises the issues of whether it is categorically different than other democracies, it strikes us as an issue worthy of addressing. Beyond that, it is our experience that students (and citizens in general) often use assumptions about American democracy to influence the way they view the concept of democracy itself, and so it is worthwhile to explore these issues before embarking on our analysis. The very idea of “American exceptionalism” can take on a myriad of meanings, including culture, economics, military power, and historical development.

Of course, if broader understanding should lead to a more critical eye regarding the institutions of governance in the United States, that should be seen as a positive, as the ability of citizens to be constantly self-critical of their government is key to the health of democracy. Our Approach: Cross-National Institutional Comparison What none of the manifestations of discussions about American exceptionalism, which we outlined earlier, accomplishes are systematic comparisons of the actual functional machinery of democratic governance in the United States to other established democracies.

6 Interestingly, one of the results of the academic study of US government has actually helped lead to the isolation of the case from comparative study, adding to the perception that the United States should be treated as a case apart. Such a statement may strike students as odd, but it is nonetheless true. Political science is divided into many subdisciplines, and two of the most prominent are American politics and comparative politics. The evolution of political science has, in large measure, classified those scholars who study the United States as Americanists, and those who study any other countries of the world as comparativists.

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