Political Institutions Democracy and Social Choice

ISBN-10: 0199241848
ISBN-13: 9780199241842
Edition: 2003
Authors: Josep M. Colomer
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List price: $76.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 266
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

The role of institutions is to establish the domains of public activity and the rules to select leaders. Democratic regimes organize in simple institutional frameworks to foster the concentration of power and alternative successive absolute winners and losers. They favour political satisfaction of relatively small groups, as well as policy instability. In contrast, pluralistic institutions produce multiple winners, including multiparty co-operation and agreements. They favour stable, moderate, and consensual policies that can satisfy large groups' interests on a great number of issues. The more complex the political institutions, the more stable and socially efficient the outcome will be. This book develops an extensive analysis of this relationship. It explores concepts, questions and insights based on social choice theory, while empirical focus is cast on more than 40 democratic countries and a few international organizations from late medieval times to the present. The book argues that pluralistic democratic institutions are judged to be better than simple formula of their higher capacity of producing socially satisfactory results.

Politics and Social Choice
Who Can Vote
How Votes are Counted
What is Voted For
Choosing Socially Effective Institutions

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