By Grofman, Bernard; Lijphart, Arend; Shugart, Matthew Soberg; Taylor, Steven L
This helpful contribution to political stories takes a different method of a much-studied topic, taking a look at the U.S. executive from a comparative perspective. 4 distinctive students within the box learn the structure, the two-party procedure, the department of strength among country and federal governments, and different significant good points of the yankee political approach when it comes to how they range from different democracies, they usually discover what these transformations finally suggest for democratic functionality. by way of merging very important fields of analysis, American executive and comparative political platforms, this crucial textual content bargains a brand new and refreshingly insightful view of yank exceptionalism.
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For a concise yet fairly comprehensive summary of the standard discussion of American exceptionalism, see Brooks 2009: 21–33. 7. The criteria for selection are discussed below. 8. Hamilton and Madison were the primary authors, and we draw largely on Madison in our discussion here. It is worth noting that these authors did not share a unified political theory, but rather we are engaged, primarily, in the political task of supporting ratification of the new Constitution. 9. Others have used the “chain of delegation” metaphor (Palmer 1995, Strøm 2000); Carroll and Shugart (2007) likewise draw on the logic of The Federalist Papers to highlight how authority is delegated in modern democracies.
Three of the cases in question do not meet the time-frame requirement: the Czech Republic did not exist until 1993, and Mexico and South Africa were still engaged in democratic transitions during the early part of the period being studied. Four other cases were classified at times as only “partly free” by Freedom House since 1990, usually for reasons of violence, but were considered sufficiently democratic to warrant inclusion, and also for reasons of geographic and institutional diversity: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and India.
A lack of understanding of the institutional variations within democracies, and the way those variations affect the functioning of government, leads to difficulty in understanding aspects of US democracy. For example, citizens often wonder (if not bemoan) why there are only two viable parties in US elections, or why the president and congress behave as they do, and so on. Such questions are all about institutional structure, and comparative inquiry in particular can shed substantial light on these subjects in ways that examining such processes in isolation cannot.