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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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
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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: 1.034
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
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
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