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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)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The authors combine traditional concerns about democracy with modern analytical methods to assess how contemporary democracies function. Their theory on the median mandate, the voice of the majority, which empowers the centre party, is tested with evidence from 21 democracies from 1950 through to 1995.
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McDonald, Michael D. (Michael Dennis), 1951-
Elections, parties, democracy.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(DLC) 2005018741
(OCoLC)60826519
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D McDonald; Ian Budge
ISBN: 9780191536809 0191536806
OCLC Number: 70296514
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 257 pages) : illustrations.
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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The authors combine traditional concerns about democracy with modern analytical methods to assess how contemporary democracies function. Their theory on the median mandate, the voice of the majority, which empowers the centre party, is tested with evidence from 21 democracies from 1950 through to 1995.

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