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Part II Political Science, Ch.14 The Resilience of the American Federal System

Jenna Bednar

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2021

This view of chaos in government is not one of despair. The system of American government flaunts virtually all tenets of legislative responsibility and administrative effectiveness. It appears always to be wasteful of manpower and money. At times it threatens the very democracy it is established to maintain. But it works, it works—and sometimes with beauty.1 The American federal system is an artifact of circumstances at the founding, has waxed and waned and suffered one near-death failure, but on the whole, has proven remarkably resilient. Over the past half...
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