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Constitutional Democracy / Edition 1
     

Constitutional Democracy / Edition 1

by Dennis C. Mueller
 

ISBN-10: 0195144074

ISBN-13: 9780195144079

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Constitutional Democracy systematically examines how the basic constitutional structure of governments affects what they can accomplish. This relationship is especially important at a time when Americans are increasingly disillusioned about government's fundamental ability to reach solutions for domestic problems, and when countries in the former Soviet block and

Overview

Constitutional Democracy systematically examines how the basic constitutional structure of governments affects what they can accomplish. This relationship is especially important at a time when Americans are increasingly disillusioned about government's fundamental ability to reach solutions for domestic problems, and when countries in the former Soviet block and around the world are rewriting their constitutions. Political economist Mueller illuminates the links between the structure of democratic government and the outcomes it achieves by drawing comparisons between the American system and other government systems around the world. Working from the "public choice" perspective in political science, the book analyzes electoral rules, voting rules, federalism, bicameralism, citizenship, and separation of powers. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of political economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195144079
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

IThe Problems
1Democracy in America3
2Democracy in Other Parts of the World21
IIThe Constitutional Perspective
3The Constitutional Premise43
4Why Have Government?50
5The Nature of a Constitution59
IIIInstitutions to Reveal and Advance a Community's Interests
6Federalism77
7Direct Democracy95
8Representative Democracy: Proportional Representation101
9Representative Democracy: Two-Party Government114
10The Two Systems of Representation Compared127
11The Parliamentary Voting Rule152
IVInstitutions to Constrain Government
12The Referendum177
13Bicameralism192
14Rights209
15The Market and the State225
16Redistribution237
17The Executive Branch247
18Dictatorship263
19The Judiciary279
VGetting Started
20Citizenship299
21The Constitutional Convention314
VIComing to an End
22Epilogue341
Glossary349
Bibliography351
Name Index371
Subject Index377

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