In the UK, political parties publish manifestos that go into reasonable detail about their plans post-election. Naturally, as politicians, they don't always deliver on their promises, but at least it provides a basis for calling them to account.

From what I can tell, the situation in the US is very different, and during a campaign policies appear to be made up on the spot, then reversed if they don't get the right reaction.

Do US politicians publish manifestos, or provide something similar?

UK examples:


On a party level, "manifesto" is called a "Platform" in US.

Specific example: https://www.gop.com/platform/ , https://www.democrats.org/party-platform

A collection of all (or a large amount) of platforms: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/platforms.php

Specific candidates issue piecemail position views, including their planned budgets. Here's a coverage of Hillary Clinton's one (from surface scan, seems to be an uncritical cheerleading piece from Clinton's supporter, so don't take it for impartial analysis). Here's Donald Trump's budget ideas from the horse's mouth.

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    Thanks, it was the 'common language' divide stumping me. – Phil Lello Apr 5 '16 at 14:38

In addition to party platforms, it has become traditional for each major U.S. presidential candidate to publish a book during their campaign. This book typically highlights topics that the candidate wants to make improvements in. Some typical examples:

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