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The Imprint of Congress$
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David R. Mayhew

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215700

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215700.001.0001

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Legitimacy, Messiness, and Reflections

Legitimacy, Messiness, and Reflections

(p.95) 7 Legitimacy, Messiness, and Reflections
The Imprint of Congress

David R. Mayhew

Yale University Press

This chapter presents transnational comparisons so as to show how the United States has performed distinctively. U.S. economic growth and foreign policy success have profited from its helpful size, natural wealth, and location, as well as an absence of powerful, aggressive nations next door. In many cases, however, the U.S. performance has been transnationally generic or close to that, offering little help for upside or downside readings of American distinctiveness or exceptionalism. As for Congress, it is difficult to capture it in isolation if one's concern is the performance of the whole U.S. government versus the performances of governments elsewhere. What cries out for comparison is the end result of complex complementarities between Congress and the presidency.

Keywords:   United States, economic growth, foreign policy, American distinctiveness, Congress, U.S. presidency

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