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Comparative Perspectives on American Public Policy

October 6th, 2014

In their new book, The Path of American Public Policy: Comparative Perspectives, Georgetown Visiting Professor Anne Marie Cammisa and her husband, Professor Paul Christopher Manuel of Mount Saint Mary’s University argue that institutions matter.

Using a comparative approach, Cammisa and Manuel consider the divide between the rapid and comprehensive policy changes enabled by a parliamentary system and the slow, incremental process envisioned by the framers of the United States Constitution. The Path of American Public Policy traces the history of United States political thought starting with its British roots and then asks a fascinating question: What if the U.S. had gone with a parliamentary system? The possibility is not as far-fetched as it might seem since the “Virginia plan” would have seen the American president chosen by the legislature.

Citing the “Affordable Care Act” and the “Contract with America,” the authors also explore how the United States system makes quick change difficult, though not impossible.

The Path of American Public Policy is “highly recommended” by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and is available online from Lexington Books.


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