American Government: Institutions and Policies, Brief by James Q. Wilson

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By James Q. Wilson

Thorough but concise, this renowned short booklet emphasizes the old improvement of the yankee political method, who governs, and to what ends. The 12th version of yankee govt: associations AND guidelines, short model, bargains assurance of the 2014 campaigns and elections; funds battles and the sequestration of cash; ongoing debates approximately immigration, homosexual marriage, and different key matters in American politics; and foreign-policy judgements on Afghanistan, the center East, and North Korea.

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For example, voters in many states have rejected referenda that would have increased public funding for private schools. ” Whenever we refer to that form of democracy involving the direct participation of all or most citizens, we shall use the term direct or participatory democracy. Whenever the word democracy is used alone in this book, it will have the meaning Schumpeter gave it. 14 Scholars of comparative politics and government have much to teach about how different types of political systems, democratic and non-democratic, Copyright 2014 Cengage Learning.

Even fun. For one thing, you will, we hope, not only think more, but learn more and think more deeply, about many different issues, including issues about which you already have opinions or know more than just a little. ” By this we mean that the right to exercise power is vested in a governmental office. A president, a senator, and a federal judge have formal authority to take certain actions. What makes power rightful varies from time to time and from country to country. In the United States, we usually say a person has political authority if his or her right to act in a certain way is conferred by a law or by a state or national constitution.

Each side may hire lawyers to debate the issue before the city council and in the courts. Client Politics: Concentrated Benefits, Distributed Costs With client politics some identifiable, often small group will benefit, but everybody—or at least a large part of society—will pay the costs. Because the benefits are concentrated, the group to receive those benefits has an incentive to organize and work to get them. But because the costs are widely distributed, affecting many people only slightly, those who pay the costs may be either unaware of any costs In interest group politics, a proposed policy will confer benefits on some relatively small, identifiable group and impose costs on another small, equally identifiable group.

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