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Elections, parties, democracy : conferring the median mandate

Author: Michael D McDonald; Ian Budge
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Comparative politics (Oxford University Press)
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"This venture into political theory and comparative politics combines traditional concerns about democracy with modern analytical methods. It asks how contemporary democracies work, an essential stage in asking how they can be justified. An answer to both questions is found in the idea of the median mandate. The voter in the middle - the voice of the majority - empowers the centre party in parliament to translate  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D McDonald; Ian Budge
ISBN: 0199286728 9780199286720
OCLC Number: 60826519
Description: xiv, 257 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Choosing governments or identifying preferences? : the role of elections in democracy --
Mandate theories : government and median --
Communicating preferences : the public policy space --
Research questions for comparative investigation --
Choices parties offer --
Mandates without obvious majorities? --
Representing the median voter --
Who controls short-term policymaking? --
From declared to actual policy : short-term influences on government policies --
Long-term policy regimes : incrementalism put in context --
Fluctuating political forces --
Politics and policy regimes : setting a long-term equilibrium --
Unifying theories of democracy through the median mandate.
Series Title: Comparative politics (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge.
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"This venture into political theory and comparative politics combines traditional concerns about democracy with modern analytical methods. It asks how contemporary democracies work, an essential stage in asking how they can be justified. An answer to both questions is found in the idea of the median mandate. The voter in the middle - the voice of the majority - empowers the centre party in parliament to translate its preferences into public policy. The median mandate provides a unified theory of democracy - pluralist, consensus, majoritarian, liberal, and populist - by replacing each qualified 'vision' with an integrated account of how representative institutions work. The unified theory is put to the test with comprehensive cross-national evidence covering 21 democracies from 1950 through to 1995." "This book will be of interest to specialists and general readers alike, representing as it does a reaffirmation of traditional democratic practice in an uncertain and threatening world."--BOOK JACKET.

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