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If one constant critical observation can be relied on in most assessments of government and politics in the United States, it is that the system is in flux. Pressures for political change, the complex constellation of personnel and groups within and outside American government institutions, and the activism of millions of citizens combine with a constant election cycle to produce a democratic regime that rarely seems settled for long. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, in particular, the sense that a new era had been entered – not only in American foreign policy but also in domestic politics – was one that animated many observers of the United States.

But what is perhaps most striking is less the change that the tragedy ushered into ...

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