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Driving Democracy Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?

ISBN-10: 0521694809
ISBN-13: 9780521694803
Edition: 2008
Authors: Pippa Norris
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Description: Proposals for power-sharing constitutions remain controversial, as highlighted by current debates in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sudan. This book updates and refines the theory of consociationalism, taking account of the flood of contemporary  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

Proposals for power-sharing constitutions remain controversial, as highlighted by current debates in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sudan. This book updates and refines the theory of consociationalism, taking account of the flood of contemporary innovations in power-sharing institutions that have occurred worldwide. The book classifies and compares four types of political institutions: the electoral system, parliamentary or presidential executives, unitary or federal states, and the structure and independence of the mass media. The study tests the potential advantages and disadvantages of each of these institutions for democratic governance. Cross-national time-series data concerning trends in democracy are analyzed for all countries worldwide since the early 1970s. Chapters are enriched by comparing detailed case studies. The mixed-method research design illuminates the underlying causal mechanisms by examining historical developments and processes of institutional change within particular nations and regions.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Do Power-Sharing Regimes Work?
What Drives Democracy?
Evidence and Methods
Democratic Indicators and Trends
Wealth and Democracy
The Impact of Power-Sharing Institutions
Electoral Systems
Presidential and Parliamentary Executives
Federalism and Decentralization
The Fourth Estate
Conclusions
What Works? Lessons for Public Policy
Technical Appendix: Description of the Variables and Data Sources
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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