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Patterns of democracy : government forms and performance in thirty-six countries

Author: Arend Lijphart
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this updated and expanded edition of his book Democracies, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before. Examining thirty-six democracies during the half-century from 1945 to 1996, Lijphart arrives at important - and unexpected - conclusions about what type of democracy works best. Although conventional wisdom suggests that majoritarian democracies  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Book
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arend Lijphart
ISBN: 0300078943 9780300078947 0300078935 9780300078930 9780300172027 0300172028
OCLC Number: 40610751
Description: xiv, 351 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Westminster model of democracy --
The consensus model of democracy --
Thirty-six democracies --
Party systems: two-party and multiparty patterns --
Cabinets: concentration versus sharing of executive power --
Executive-legislative relations: patterns of dominance and balance of power --
Electoral systems: majority and plurality methods versus proportional representation --
Interest groups: pluralism versus corporatism --
Division of power: the federal-unitary and centralized-decentralized contrasts --
Parliaments and congresses: concentration versus division of legislative power --
Constitutions: amendment procedures and judicial review --
Central banks: independence versus dependence --
The two-dimensional conceptual map of democracy --
Macro-economic management and the control of violence: does consensus democracy make a difference? --
The quality of democracy and a "kinder, gentler" democracy: consensus democracy makes a difference --
Conclusions and recommendations --
Appendix A. Two dimensions and ten basic variables, 1945-96 and 1971-96 --
Appendix B. Alternative measure of multipartism, cabinet composition, and disproportionality, 1945-96 and 1971-96.
Responsibility: Arend Lijphart.

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Examining 36 democracies from 1945 to 1996, this text arrives at important - and unexpected - conclusions about what type of democracy works best. It demonstrates that consensual systems stimulate  Read more...

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"Magnificent... The best-researched book on democracy in the world today." (Malcolm Mackerras, American Review of Politics) "I can't think of another scholar as well qualified as Lijphart to write a Read more...

 
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