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Do institutions matter? : government capabilities in the United States and abroad

Author: R Kent Weaver; Bert A Rockman
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, ©1993.
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As a stunning tide of democratization sweeps across much of the world, countries must cope with increasing problems of economic development, political and social integration, and greater public demand of scarce resources. The ability to respond effectively to these issues depends largely on the institutional choices of each of these newly democratizing countries. With critics of national political institutions in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
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Do institutions matter?
Washington, D.C. : The Brookings Institution, ©1993
(OCoLC)637039034
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Kent Weaver; Bert A Rockman
ISBN: 0815792565 9780815792567 0815792557 9780815792550
OCLC Number: 27187459
Description: xiv, 498 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Assessing the effects of institutions / R. Kent Weaver and Bert A. Rockman --
Innovation, coordination, and implementation in energy policy / Harvey Feigenbaum, Richard Samuels, and R. Kent Weaver --
Imposing losses in pension policy / Paul D. Pierson and R. Kent Weaver --
Targeting resources for industrial change / Ellis S. Krauss and Jon Pierre --
Government versus budget deficits / Allen Schick --
Representing diffuse interests in environmental policymaking / David Vogel --
Political institutions and cleavage management / Richard Gunther and Anthony Mughan --
Separation of powers and cleavage management / Arend Lijphart, Ronald Rogowski, and R. Kent Weaver --
Maintaining international commitments in trade policy / Helen Milner --
Nuclear weapons and policy stability / Edward A. Kolodziej --
Military security policy / Davis B. Bobrow. When and how do institutions matter? ; Institutional reform and constitutional design / R. Kent Weaver and Bert A. Rockman.
Responsibility: R. Kent Weaver and Bert A. Rockman, editors.

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" Provides the kind of objective evaluation of political institutions that has too long been missing from the presidential versus parliamentary debate. It is an important read." Perspectives on  Read more...

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