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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…]

10 Worst British Prime Ministers

British Politics for Dummies introduced you to the very best of British PMs, the cream of the crop – Churchill, Thatcher and Atlee. Now we look at the not so capable – or just plain unlucky – holders of [more…]

President Obama – More Jimmy Carter Than JFK?

It all started so well. 'Hope', 'Change' and 'Yes we can' became the slogans of America's first black president, Barack Obama. A key moment in his election campaign was addressing a mass rally of over [more…]

The Rise and Rise of UKIP

From a minor party with a small support structure to a major political force, such is the path trod by the UK independence party led by Nigel Farage. The party was originally formed to tackle the twin [more…]

The Great Scottish Referendum

A wake up call, a political earthquake, however you wish to describe it, the Scottish referendum on independence in September 2014 was one of the most dramatic UK political events of the past century. [more…]

Quick Definitions of Political Ideologies: the -isms

Let's face it, ideologies are confusing things. The -ism bit seems to make them so very forgettable. But not anymore! Here's a quick alphabetical guide to the major [more…]

Post-1945 British Governments

Red, blue, blue, blue . . . since 1945, the Conservatives have been the dominant political force in Britain. The biggest political animal of them all was undoubtedly Thatcher, who managed to win three [more…]

Major British Political and Social Events Since 1900

Britain's political and social scene has changed dramatically over the course of a century, with the result that it's barely recognisable today. Here are just a few of the important events that have shaped [more…]

British Politics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat sheets contain bite sized text that lets you know some of the key points contained in British Politics For Dummies, but in an ultra-condensed form. Want to impress your friends with your political [more…]

U.S. 2016 Presidential Election

As we grow closer to the 2016 Presidential Election, the views of each party across key topics, including healthcare, immigration, the economy, and the environment are becoming increasingly more important [more…]


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