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It's Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas E. Mann
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Reviewed on NPR Morning Edition. Short, quick, pretty discouraging. Main theme is that the US decades long slide toward parliamentary style political parties is a poor fit in a constitutional republic predicated upon a system of significant inter branch checks and balances and restrictive legislative procedural rules (e.g., Senate holds and filibuster/cloture). While such a slide has empowered certain constituency groups and specific politicians, it has led to far greater difficulties in solving public policy problems of grave import. The authors find the blame is not evenly spread among the major parties, with Republicans contributing the most to such move to parliamentary style political parties.
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