[US Institutions] Episode 1Posted: October 31, 2010
The United States of America is known around the world; and the first example that comes to mind when talking about a federal state (other federal states include Germany, Belgium, Switzeland, Mexico, Malaysia, …).
When speaking of a more federal European Union, people often refer to United States of Europe [*], the parallel with the USA being obvious.
However, while the general dispositions of the Federal government in the USA are known, the details are less easy to grasp. In the upcoming series of post on the US institutions, I will try to provide a dummy guide to the US federal government – note this is not a substitute to a real university level class on the topic.
We will talk in particular about:
- The House of Representative
- The Senate
- The President
- The Secretary of State
- Cabinet and federal Government
- The Supreme Court
- The state Governors
And the very first fact: the US federal government employ about 2 million people [*] where the EU employ just 32,140 people [*]. Yes, it’s a 62 fold difference (!) but the extent of the EU mission is nothing close from the US federal government.
More to come soon…