Patterns of Democracy Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries

ISBN-10: 0300172028
ISBN-13: 9780300172027
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Arend Lijphart
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Description: In this updated and expanded edition of his classic text, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before. Examining thirty-six democracies during period from 1945 to 2010, Lijphart arrives  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

In this updated and expanded edition of his classic text, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before. Examining thirty-six democracies during period from 1945 to 2010, Lijphart arrives at important—and unexpected—conclusions about what type of democracy works best.Praise for the previous edition:"Magnificent. . . . The best-researched book on democracy in the world today."—Malcolm Mackerras,American Review of Politics"I can't think of another scholar as well qualified as Lijphart to write a book of this kind. He has an amazing grasp of the relevant literature, and he's compiled an unmatched collection of data."—Robert A. Dahl, Yale University"This sound comparative research . . . will continue to be a standard in graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics."—Choice

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
The Westminster Model of Democracy
The Consensus Model of Democracy
Thirty-Six Democracies
Party Systems: Two-Party and Multiparty Patterns
Cabinets: Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power
Executive-Legislative Relations: Patterns of Dominance and Balance of Power
Electoral Systems: Majority and Plurality Methods Versus Proportional Representation
Interest Groups: Pluralism Versus Corporatism
Division of Power: The Federal-Unitary and Centralized-Decentralized Contrasts
Parliaments and Congresses: Concentration Versus Division of Legislative Power
Constitutions: Amendment Procedures and Judicial Review
Central Banks: Independence Versus Dependence
The Two-Dimensional Conceptual Map of Democracy
Effective Government and Policy-Making: Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference?
The Quality of Democracy and a "Kinder, Gentler" Democracy: Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference
Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix: Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables, 1945-2010 and 1981-2010
References
Index

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