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American History

Functioning of the US Congress

March 29, 2021

The US Congress is so designed that the individual members of Congress have an incentive to serve their constituents, but they also have incentives to work with one another. They use various strategies to pass legislations that benefit them and their parties. […]

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American History

The US Congress: Challenges in Its Institutional Design

March 28, 2021

The members of the Congress have to balance between serving the needs of their constituents and working for the common good. This dilemma leads to constituents supporting their representatives but not liking the Congress in general. […]

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American History

The Financial Woes of the Confederation Congress

February 23, 2021

The Congress and the states found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the financial problems that arose with the Revolutionary War. The decisions the states made about the financial problems almost make the paralysis of the Confederation Congress look appealing. […]

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American History

US Government: The Constitution

February 8, 2021

Under the Articles of Confederation, the government was ineffectual. The United States Constitution was then developed to create the public good that everyone desired—an effective government. […]

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American History

Governments: Why Do People Need Them?

February 8, 2021

A government serves many purposes. Throughout history these purposes have been debated by prominent philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and David Hume. […]

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American History

Government: Types and Features

February 8, 2021

There are many types of governments. In order to distinguish one type of government from another, two basic questions need to be asked: First, who governs? That is, who is in control of the rules. Second, how much government control is allowed in a particular system? […]

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