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What Is Gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering is the act of redrawing the lines of a congressional district to give one political party a voting advantage over another. Technically, gerrymandering is illegal, but it's hard to prove. [more…]

How British Parliament Actually Works

The United Kingdom is both a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. A Parliamentary democracy is government which is voted into power by the people, to act on their behalf. A Constitutional [more…]

How the Election Process Works in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom (UK), candidates and parties compete for 650 seats in the House of Commons with the overall goal of creating government for the next five years. The Prime Minister is selected as [more…]

Jimmy Carter, President and Humanitarian

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., grew from the rural south to become peanut mogul, a state senator, the governor of Georgia, and eventually the 39th President of the United States. Though some might consider [more…]

George Herbert Walker Bush: From Navy Blue to White House

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 into one of the most prominent families in the United States, a wealthy family committed to civil service. His parents instilled in him a sense of civic obligation [more…]

Political Topics to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Whether you love the intricacies of politics or loathe them, you need to brush up on political science knowledge for the MAT. When studying for the MAT, you may find that’s interesting to learn more about [more…]

Succession Plans for the British Monarchy

The line of succession to the British throne is the ordered sequence of all those people eligible to succeed to the United Kingdom and the other 15 Commonwealth realms. Historically, the throne passes [more…]

What is a Filibuster?

The filibuster is a tactic used in the U.S. Senate to block or delay action on a bill or other measure. A filibustering senator may endlessly debate an issue, introduce time-consuming procedural motions [more…]

What Are U.S. Government Shutdowns?

In the United States, a government shutdown happens when Congress can't agree upon an annual federal budget — how to allocate funds for federal services. With a shutdown, the federal government provides [more…]

The 7 Articles of the US Constitution

To understand the United States of America, start with the Constitution. Written over 200 years ago, when the nation was first being established out of the 13 British colonies, this document is a blueprint [more…]

Understanding Checks and Balances within the US Government

In order to ensure that the people were sufficiently protected from a tyrannous government, the framers of the US Constitution introduced institutional precautions and individual protections. These are [more…]

10 US Elections that Created Big Change

When big change happens in the US, it often occurs through or because of elections. (The system at work!) Here are ten elections that reflected significant changes in the political or social makeup of [more…]

Comparing Recent US Presidential and Congressional Election Results by Party

Trace the changes in party dominance and find out quickly which President was in control during a particular year or whether there was a divided government [more…]

Becoming America Timeline: From First Settlers to an Official Government

Things had to get ugly between the British colonists who first settled in America and their ruling government overseas before the new nation could emerge. Here are some key dates within that process: [more…]

What Are the Levels of American Government?

For good or ill, government is everywhere in America and functioning at local, state and federal layers throughout the length and breadth of the country. [more…]

Types of Federalism, the Basis for American Government

Because the power to interpret the Constitution of the United States by the various branches and levels of government is a central component of the American political system, federalism has been defined [more…]

American Politics For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

The US Constitution, which was born not just of debate but of blood, sweat, and tears, created a unique system of government, one that can be difficult to grasp. This Cheat Sheet shows you an outline of [more…]

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