Divided Government

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  • A stalemate, or policy gridlock, is more likely to occur during periods of divided government. It exists when one political party controls the presidency and the other political party controls at least one house of Congress. Some of the reasons for a policy impasse as a result of a divided government are evident. Members of the same political party, for example, are likely to share similar points of view regarding the appropriate size of government, the scope of government actions, and the level of government intervention required to effect positive change through public policies. Although divided government can present a number of challenges for generating cooperation or consensus around a policy issue, policymaking can proceed even under these circumstances. One such illustration is the Clean ...

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