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Revolving gridlock : politics and policy from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush

Despite the early prospects for bipartisan unity on terrorism initiatives, government gridlock continues on most major issues in the wake of the 2004 elections, On this fully revised edition, [the authors] demonstrate that gridlock is not a product of divided government, party politics, or any o the usual scapegoats. It is, instead, an instrumental part of American government - built into our institutions and sustained by leaders acting rationally not only to achieve set goals but to thwart foolish inadvertencies. Looking at key legislative issues from the divided government under Ronald Reagan, through Clinton's Democratic government, to complete unified Republican control under George W. Bush, the authors clearly and carefully analyze important crux points in lawmaking: the swing votes, the veto, the filibuster, and the rise of tough budget politics. They show that when it comes to government gridlock, it doesn't matter who's in the White House or who's in control of Congress. Political gridlock is as American as apple pie, and its results may ultimately be as sweet in ensuring stability and democracy.-Back cover
Audiobook, English, 2006
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Princeton, N.J., 2006
1 audio disc ; 3/4 in.
Origins of revolving gridlock
Theoretical foundations
Revolving gridlock and budgetary politics
Republican presidents and democratic congresses
Clinton and the rise of the republicans
George W. Bush and the continuation of gridlock
Appendix: Distribution of ADA scores
Originally published: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, ©2006. 2nd ed