Assessing the Quality of Democracy / Edition 1

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Overview

The latest volume in this popular series focuses on the best ways to evaluate and improve the quality of new democratic regimes. The essays in part one elaborate and refine several themes of democratic quality: the rule of law, accountability, freedom, equality, and responsiveness. The second part features six comparative cases, each of which applies these thematic elements to two neighboring countries: Brazil and Chile, South Africa and Ghana, Italy and Spain, Romania and Poland, India and Bangladesh, and Taiwan and Korea.

Contributors: David Beetham, University of Leeds; Yun-han Chu, National Taiwan University; Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution; Sumit Ganguly, University of Texas–Austin; E. Gyimah-Boadi, Center for Democratic Development, Ghana; Frances Hagopian, University of Notre Dame; Robert Mattes, University of Cape Town; Leonardo Morlino, University of Florence; Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Romanian Academic Society; Guillermo O'Donnell, University of Notre Dame; Marc F. Plattner, International Forum for Democratic Studies; G. Bingham Powell, Jr., University of Rochester; Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Brown University; Philippe C. Schmitter, European University Institute, Florence; Doh Chull Shin, University of Missouri at Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
An important milestone in the study of democratic quality, and an excellent resource for both scholarly researchers and graduate courses on comparative democracy and democratization.

— Daunis Auerson

Political Studies Review - Daunis Auerson

An important milestone in the study of democratic quality, and an excellent resource for both scholarly researchers and graduate courses on comparative democracy and democratization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882876
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Series: A Journal of Democracy Book
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Diamond is coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, codirector of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Leonardo Morlino is a professor of political science at the University of Florence and director of the Research Centre on Southern Europe and author of Democrazie e Democratizzazioni.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Dimensions of democratic quality
1 Why the rule of law matters 3
2 The ambiguous virtues of accountability 18
3 Freedom as the foundation 32
4 Addressing inequality 47
5 The chain of responsiveness 62
6 A skeptical perspective 77
II Comparative case studies
7 Italy and Spain 85
8 Chile and Brazil 123
9 Bangladesh and India 163
10 South Korea and Taiwan 188
11 Poland and Romania 213
12 Ghana and South Africa 238
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