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The Great Weakness Of American Government

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Most modern nations have renounced their feudal heritages, though not exactly in the same way and to the same degree. Once Britain and America were much alike in the way they did so, and Continental Europe was different. In France and Japan to this day technical competence is a hallmark of governmental administration, and this is true of most of Western Europe as well. The generalized perspective gained from a liberal arts education was and to a certain extent is the British tradition for future civil servants, especially for the higher ranks. The theory of American politics is that local government should be the most competent because it is the closest to the people, and the Federal government should be the least competent because it is the farthest.

Keywords: American government; Britain; Japan



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