Steven L. Taylor is professor and chair of political science, Troy University. Matthew S. Shugart is professor of political science, University of California, Davis. Arend Lijphart is research professor emeritus of political science, University of California, San Diego. Bernard Grofman is professor of political science, University of California, Irvine.
A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspectiveby Steven L. Taylor, Matthew Soberg Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman
American democracy differs greatly from other democracies around the world. But is the American way more or less efficacious than comparable democracies in Asia, Latin America, or Europe? What if the United States had a prime minister instead of (or in addition to) a president, or if it had three or more parties in Congress instead of two? Would there be more
American democracy differs greatly from other democracies around the world. But is the American way more or less efficacious than comparable democracies in Asia, Latin America, or Europe? What if the United States had a prime minister instead of (or in addition to) a president, or if it had three or more parties in Congress instead of two? Would there be more partisan animosity and legislative gridlock or less? These are the kinds of questions that thinking about U.S. government in comparative perspective helps us to analyze.
This valuable contribution to political studies takes a unique approach to a much-studied subject, looking at the U.S. government from a comparative point of view. Four distinguished scholars in the field examine the Constitution, the two-party system, the division of power between state and federal governments, and other major features of the American political system in terms of how they differ from other democracies, and they explore what those differences ultimately mean for democratic performance. By merging two important fields of study, American government and comparative political systems, this essential text offers a new and refreshingly insightful view of American exceptionalism.
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If you're wanting to learn about American democracy, this is the book for you. It's easy to read and understand, as well as use for teaching. It is without question that Steven Taylor has a special gift for politics and teaching politics. "A Different Democracy" fully elaborates Steven's talent and this book will brighten any classroom or book shelf, especially if you have a love for politics like I do. I had the privilege of having Dr. Steven Taylor as a professor for many classes during my time at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and he's a remarkable professor, teacher, friend, person, and writer. It isn't simply his writing that makes this book great, it's his passion in his writing that you feel as you walk through the book, page-by-page. I highly recommend this piece for any and all collections!
What a book! Whether you're looking for a book to pleasure read, one to use for teaching, or to supplement your textbooks as a professor, this is the book for you. It should be on the shelf of every Political Science professor in the world and should be read by every Politicaal Science student in the world. The way the book takes American democracy and compares it to other systems throughout the world is remarkable, and allows for observation on different levels. It's truly a different democracy worth diving into!