Democracy, Accountability, and Representation
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/13/1999
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Contributors|
|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|
|Situating Democratic Political Accountability|