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Roots of American Exceptionalism Institutions, Culture, and Policies

ISBN-10: 0230116760

ISBN-13: 9780230116764

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Charles Lockhart

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How is the United States different from other states? Why is it different?The Roots of American Exceptionalismdraws on societies' unique histories, distinctive paths of institutional development and contrasting cultures to explain why they adopt different policies for common problems. It compares the United States with Sweden on tax policy, Canada on financing medical care, France on abortion policy, and Japan on immigration. The book shows that American public policies across these four areas fit a pattern of embodying the fundamental beliefs and value priorities of a particular culture: individualism. And while American public policies are rational from this cultural perspective, this culturally-constrained rationality is contrasted with alternative culturally-constrained rationalities, that are more egalitarian and/or hierarchical, prevailing in Sweden, Canada, France and Japan.
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

CHARLES LOCKHART is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.