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The American Political System
An overview of how the political system in the United States operates.
# 50140 | 2,683 words | 24 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2004 in Political Science (U.S.)

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The American political system is a vast network of political parties, offices, and branches, including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Each branch of the political structure has its own regulations and procedures that must be adhered to in order for the system to function properly. This paper examines those branches of government and explains how each aspect of the system is important to the modern political system.

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"The United States Constitution contains an article, Article V, which allows for changes to be made to the original document. There are two ways in which this can be done. In one case, two thirds of both houses of Congress can vote to propose an amendment. In the second case, two third of the state legislatures can ask Congress to call a national convention to propose an amendment. Once the amendment has been proposed, it is ratified either by three fourths of the state legislatures, or by ratifying conventions in three fourths of the states. Once the amendment is ratified, it becomes part of the Bill of Rights ("Ways to Amend the Constitution," 2000). An example of this process can be seen in the Equal Rights Amendment. This amendment passed in the House and the Congress in 1972, but has yet to be ratified by the 38 States needed to add this Amendment to the Bill of Rights (Francis, 2003)."

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