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Patterns of Democracy

Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : English : 2View all editions and formats
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In this updated and expanded edition of his classic text, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before. Examining thirty-six democracies during the period from 1945 to 2010, Lijphart arrives at important--and unexpected--conclusions about what type of democracy works best.Praise for the previous edition:";Magnificent. . . . The best-researched book on  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780300189124 0300189125
OCLC Number: 1024013332
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource : 12 b/w illus.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface to the Second Edition --
Preface to the First Edition --
Chapter 1. Introduction --
Chapter 2. The Westminster Model of Democracy --
Chapter 3. The Consensus Model of Democracy --
Chapter 4. Thirty-Six Democracies --
Chapter 5. Party Systems: Two-Party and Multiparty Patterns --
Chapter 6. Cabinets: Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power --
Chapter 7. Executive-Legislative Relations: Patterns of Dominance and Balance of Power --
Chapter 8. Electoral Systems: Majority and Plurality Methods Versus Proportional Representation --
Chapter 9. Interest Groups: Pluralism Versus Corporatism --
Chapter 10. Division of Power: The Federal-Unitary and Centralized-Decentralized Contrasts --
Chapter 11. Parliaments and Congresses: Concentration Versus Division of Legislative Power --
Chapter 12. Constitutions: Amendment Procedures and Judicial Review --
Chapter 13. Central Banks: Independence Versus Dependence --
Chapter 14. The Two-Dimensional Conceptual Map of Democracy --
Chapter 15. Effective Government and Policy-Making: Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference? --
Chapter 16. The Quality of Democracy and a "Kinder, Gentler" Democracy: Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference --
Chapter 17. Conclusions and Recommendations --
Appendix Two. Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables, 1945-2010 and 1981-2010 --
References --
Index
Responsibility: Arend Lijphart.
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In this updated and expanded edition of his classic text, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before. Examining thirty-six democracies during the period from 1945 to 2010, Lijphart arrives at important--and unexpected--conclusions about what type of democracy works best.Praise for the previous edition:";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 book of this kind. He has an amazing grasp of the relevant literature, and he's compiled an unmatched collection of data.";--Robert A. Dahl, Yale University";This sound comparative research . . . will continue to be a standard in graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics.";--Choice.

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