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Why bother with elections?

Author: Adam Przeworski
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA : Polity Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the collapse of traditional parties around the world and with many pundits predicting a "crisis of democracy", the value of elections as a method for selecting by whom and how we are governed is being questioned. What are the virtues and weaknesses of elections? Are there limitations to what they can realistically achieve? In this deeply informed book world-renowned democratic theorist Adam Przeworski offers a  Read more...
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Przeworski, Adam.
Why bother with elections?
Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA, USA : Polity Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017052210
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Przeworski
ISBN: 9781509526598 1509526595 9781509526604 1509526609
OCLC Number: 995012251
Description: ix, 141 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. How elections work. The idea of electing governments --
Protecting property --
Jockeying for partisan advantage --
Conclusion: What is inherent in elections? --
Part II. What elections can and cannot achieve. Introduction to Part II --
Rationality --
Representation, accountability, and control over governments --
Economic performance --
Economic and social equality --
Civil peace --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Adam Przeworski.

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