Ch 23: Comparing the Governments of the US & Great Britain

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Watch video lessons and learn about how the governments of the U.S. and Great Britain are alike and how they differ. The multiple-choice quizzes included with the lessons will help you test your understanding of the chapter material.

Comparing the Governments of the U.S. and Great Britain - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

As you would expect since they come from similar origins, the governments of the United States and Great Britain share many features, such as an elected chief executive and a bicameral legislative body. However, there are many differences. In this chapter, we'll compare several aspects of government in the U.S. and Great Britain, including elections, government programs and democracy in each country.

Along with entertaining, short videos, you have access to self-assessment lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. You can even contact an instructor if there's a topic you're confused about. Through these lessons, you'll gain an understanding of the governments in both countries, by examining things like:

  • Types of power held by the chief executives in each country's government
  • How the electoral systems of the U.S. and Great Britain differ
  • What role government plays in each country's economy
  • Why religion is a political factor in both countries
  • How democracy developed in each country

VideoObjective
Political Systems & Structure of the U.S. vs. Great BritainApply the concepts of structure and system to the governments of the U.S. and Great Britain.
The U.S. President vs. Britain's Prime Minister: Role Similarities & DifferencesExamine the powers of the chief executives in each country.
The British & The U.S. Electoral SystemsSee how elections in the two countries are different and similar.
Comparing Public Policy in the U.S. & Great BritainExplore social services, education policy, military organization and so on in each country.
Comparing U.S. & Great Britain Economic PolicyStudy the role of government in the economy in each country.
How Race & Ethnicity Impact Policy & Life in Great Britain & the U.S.Find out how race and ethnicity affect government policies and everyday life.
How Religion Impacts Life & Politics in the U.S. & Great BritainDiscover the role of religion in everyday life and in politics.
U.S. & Great Britain's Civil Rights HistoriesGet an overview of the civil rights and women's rights movements in both countries.
Great Britain & the U.S.'s Democratization ProcessesLearn how Great Britain became a democracy, and how its process compares to the U.S.'s.

9 Lessons in Chapter 23: Comparing the Governments of the US & Great Britain
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Political Systems & Structure of the U.S. vs. Great Britain

1. Political Systems & Structure of the U.S. vs. Great Britain

While both democracies, the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States have many stark differences. This lesson explains some of those differences, as well as some of the unique institutions that have developed as a result.

The U.S. President vs. Britain's Prime Minister: Role Similarities & Differences

2. The U.S. President vs. Britain's Prime Minister: Role Similarities & Differences

The United States president and United Kingdom prime minister are arguably the two most powerful elected leaders in the world. While the two are often compared, they have very different jobs. Learn the similarities and differences between them in this lesson.

The British & The U.S. Electoral Systems

3. The British & The U.S. Electoral Systems

Ever see images of the American president and British prime minister talking to each other at political summits? While they often look quite similar, the two individuals took entirely different routes to achieve their respective political roles.

Comparing Public Policy in the U.S. & Great Britain

4. Comparing Public Policy in the U.S. & Great Britain

The United States and the United Kingdom have a great deal in common, from language and culture to relative tax burdens on their populations. How they spend that money, however, offers real differences.

Comparing U.S. & Great Britain Economic Policy

5. Comparing U.S. & Great Britain Economic Policy

The United States and the United Kingdom are two of the world's great economic powerhouses. This lesson focuses on how the governments of each encourage businesses and other enterprises to thrive.

How Race & Ethnicity Impact Policy & Life in Great Britain & the U.S.

6. How Race & Ethnicity Impact Policy & Life in Great Britain & the U.S.

Few categories can stir up emotions or leave the media and politicians tongue-tied as quickly as race and ethnicity. See how the two are treated in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and the shocking differences between the two in this lesson.

How Religion Impacts Life & Politics in the U.S. & Great Britain

7. How Religion Impacts Life & Politics in the U.S. & Great Britain

In this lesson, we will compare two countries - one with no official religion and the other with an established state church. You would expect religion to play a larger role in public life in the country with the official religion, right? Let's find out why this isn't true.

U.S. & Great Britain's Civil Rights Histories

8. U.S. & Great Britain's Civil Rights Histories

When most of us think of civil rights, we get mental images of events in the United States. However, the British have had their civil rights issues as well. Learn more about the evolution of civil rights in both of these countries.

Great Britain & the U.S.'s Democratization Processes

9. Great Britain & the U.S.'s Democratization Processes

Few countries have quite the history of democracy as the United States and the United Kingdom. And yet, full democratization has only come in the last 100 years to both. This lesson explains the history of giving people the vote in the U.K. and U.S.

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