Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

ISBN-10: 0521646162
ISBN-13: 9780521646161
Edition: 1999
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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/13/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

This book examines whether the mechanisms of accountability characteristic of democratic systems are sufficient to induce the representatives to act in the best interest of the represented. The first part of the volume focuses on the role of elections, distinguishing different ways in which they may cause representation. The second part is devoted to the role of checks and balances, between the government and the parliament as well as between the government and the bureaucracy. The contributors of this volume, all leading scholars in the fields of American and comparative politics and political theory, address questions such as, whether elections induce governments to act in the interest of citizens. Are politicians in democracies accountable to voters in future elections? If so, does accountability induce politicians to represent citizens? Does accountability limit or enhance the scope of action of governments? Are governments that violate campaign mandates representative? Overall, the essays combine theoretical discussions, game-theoretic models, case studies, and statistical analyses, within a shared analytical approach and a standardized terminology. The empirical material is drawn from the well established democracies as well as from new democracies.

List of Contributors
Introduction
Elections, Accountability, and Representation
Elections and Representation
Electoral Accountability and the Control of Politicians: Selecting Good Types versus Sanctioning Poor Performance
What Do Policy Switches Tell Us about Democracy?
Accountability and Authority: Toward a Theory of Political Accountability
Accountability and Manipulation
Party Government and Responsiveness
Democracy, Elections, and Accountability for Economic Outcomes
The Structure of Government and Accountability
Accountability in Athenian Politics
Government Accountability in Parliamentary Democracy
Mixing Elected and Nonelected Officials in Democratic Policy Making: Fundamentals of Accountability and Responsibility
Overview
Situating Democratic Political Accountability
Author Index
Subject Index

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