Evaluation of the US legislative process

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What makes the process of law-making difficult?
Checks and balances and the separation of powers
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What do the tensions between houses sometimes lead to?
Gridlock
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What is there an absence of in US government?
Strong party loyalty
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What does this result in?
A lack of party unity on votes
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For each individual bill, what must be created?
A new coalition between members of each party
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What does Congress fail to do?
Create and promote its own agenda in the event that it rejects the President's?
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Because of this, what has it been dubbed?
A 'bastion of negation'
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What do members of Congress often prioritise?
Pork-barrelling
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What is this?
Trying to add projects and finance to their districts or states within more national legislation
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What does this help?
To encourage their re-election
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What does this hinder?
The provision of long-term or national policy perspective
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What does the US legislative process avoid, which the UK alternative fails to do?
Executive dominance and elective dictatorship
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What is there a constant need for in US legislation?
Compromise and bargaining
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What do the tensions between houses sometimes lead to?

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