Success through Coalition

Bryn Donovan

AP Comp Gov

Memo #9

8 November 2018

In Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases, pages. 227-240 explained the many different branches of government and how they all work in comparison to other forms. For example, a Prime Minister is similar to a President, but the Prime Minister is elected through an indirect election. Most presidents are elected through direct election, with the electoral college in the United States being a special case. Coalitions inside governments are when two or more parties work together, and this is similar to bipartisanship in American politics.

Is a government more successful when politicians are willing to form coalitions with opposing cabinet members?

In the recent election, the Democrats took control of the house, and the Republicans kept control of the Senate. Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi pushed for Democrats to work more closely with President Trump because that is the way for the government to move forward. Pelosi said, “We will strive for bipartisanship in the belief that we have a responsibility to seek common ground where we can”. With the two parties constantly going head to head in debates, the push for bipartisanship may lead to better communications and less hostility between republicans and democrats. Some of the issues Pelosi and Trump hope to tackle include, infrastructure spending, more job opportunities, and health care.


Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases by J.T. Dickovick and J. Eastwood p. 227-240 

Lillis, Mike. “Pelosi Seeks Bipartisan Tone Day after Divisive Midterms.” TheHill. November 08, 2018. Accessed November 09, 2018.

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