Divided Government


ERA OF DIVIDED GOVERNMENT

Divided Government

Party Control of Congress and the Presidency (1971-2007)
Year President Senate House
2011
Obama (D)
D
R
2009 Obama (D) D D
2007 Bush (R) D D
2005 Bush (R) R R
2003 Bush (R) R R
2001 Bush (R) D R
1999 Clinton (D) R R
1997 Clinton (D) R R
1995 Clinton (D) R R
1993 Clinton (D) D D
1991 Bush (R) D D
1989 Bush (R) D D
1987 Reagan (R) D D
1985 Reagan (R) R D
1983 Reagan (R) R D
1981 Reagan (R) R D
1979 Carter (D) D D
1977 Carter (D) D D
1975 Ford (R) D D
1973 Ford (R) D D
1971 Nixon (R) D D

Annual government spending change since 1965 when government is unified 3.4
Annual government spending change since 1965 when government is divided 1.5

  1. What is divided government?
  2. What years did we have divided government?
  3. Do we have divided government today?
  4. Why do Americans so often vote for divided government?
  5. Predict whether we will have a divided government in 2011?
  6. Explain some of the causes of divided government.
  7. Explain some of the effects of divided government.
  8. Explain whether divided government is positive.
  9. Could you have divided government in a parliamentary system?
  10. Is divided government a bad thing?

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