American Exceptionalism; The P

Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers illustrated, in American Exceptionalism: The Politics of Fragmentation, that although collective action is the most effective means of being heard, our country has become structured to prevent this from happening. The nation has been fragmented in several different ways on many different levels over the coarse of its history.
The design of the constitution, the first fragmentation, guarantees a split government. It mandates a separation of powers to allow each of the three branches checks and balances over the each other. It also prohibits the leader of one branch to simultaneously be the leader of another. The constitution also grants states their own ...

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goal of the authors of the constitution was to create a system of government that existed in complete political deadlock because it never allowed any part of the system to be unified.
Geological characteristics also help to fragment the nation. The U.S. is one of the largest nations in the world. As the country was being formed, the availability of land made it possible for almost anyone who was not comfortable where they were, to pick up and move. This encouraged extreme diversity as people could operate in relative isolation from each other. "Size would encourage a diversity of interests, and that diversity would in turn pose barriers to the existence and coordination of any stable popular majority." This shows how the nation has become segregated by political interest, such as environmentalists in the northwest, or Mormons in Utah. This creates several different voices of the people, each, generally too small to pay much attention to.
The nation is separated into ...

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