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

ISBN-10: 0300078943

ISBN-13: 9780300078947

Edition: 1999

Authors: Arend Lijphart

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Examining 36 democracies from 1945 to 1996, this text arrives at conclusions about what type of democracy works best. It demonstrates that consensual systems stimulate economic growth, control inflation and unemployment and limit budget deficits.
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 7/11/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
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
Macro-Economic Management and the Control of Violence: Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference?
The Quality of Democracy and a "Kinder, Gentler" Democracy: Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference
Conclusions and Recommendations
Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables, 1945-96 and 1971-96
Alternative Measure of Multipartism, Cabinet Composition, and Disproportionality, 1945-96 and 1971-96
References
Index