What’s a Divided Government and How Impactful it can be?

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The challenge with minority versus majority politics is quite acute under the conditions of a divided government. This frequently occurs when there are one or several houses of legislature that is being controlled by a party that’s in the opposition of the executive. Unified government takes place when similar party is controlling the legislature and executive entirely.

Challenges with a Divided Government

Divided government might pose serious challenges both for the operations of the party as well as the government. This makes it more challenging to fulfill campaign promises like for example, since the cooperation or at least, agreement of both the president and congress is needed in order to pass legislation. What’s more, one party may hardly claim the credit for success when other side is credible partner or when there’s nothing that’s been accomplished. At the same time, the party’s loyalty might pose a challenge as well. This is because individual politicians may be centered in opposing their own party’s agenda if it’s going to help their personal bids.

Divided government might be a threat as well to the overall operations of the government; though its full impact is uncertain. For instance, when the divide between parties is too great, there is a possibility for the government to shut down.

Government Shut Down?

A 1976 dispute between a Democrat-controlled congress and Republican president Gerald Ford over issues of funding for some cabinet departments has resulted to a 10-day government shutdown. Without a doubt, willingness of the parties to compromise and work together could be a good thing. On the other hand, the past decades brought prevalence of a divided government. In fact since 1969, US electorate sent the president a Congress of its own party in just 7 of 23 congressional elections and throughout the first administration of George W. Bush, Republican majority was narrow there’s a combination of defections and resignations, which gave Democrats control long before the next election is held.

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