Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries / Edition 2

Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries / Edition 2

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by Arend Lijphart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300172028

ISBN-13: 9780300172027

Pub. Date: 09/11/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300172027
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Edition description:
2
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
300,366
Product dimensions:
12.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Preface to the First Edition xv

1 Introduction 1

2 The Westminster Model of Democracy 9

3 The Consensus Model of Democracy 30

4 Thirty-Six Democracies 46

5 Party Systems: Two-Party and Multiparty Patterns 60

6 Cabinets: Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power 79

7 Executive-Legislative Relations: Patterns of Dominance and Balance of Power 105

8 Electoral Systems: Majority and Plurality Methods Versus Proportional Representation 130

9 Interest Groups: Pluralism Versus Corporatism 158

10 Division of Power: The Federal-Unitary and Centralized-Decentralized Contrasts 174

11 Parliaments and Congresses: Concentration Versus Division of Legislative Power 187

12 Constitutions: Amendment Procedures and Judicial Review 204

13 Central Banks: Independence Versus Dependence 226

14 The Two-Dimensional Conceptual Map of Democracy 239

15 Effective Government and Policy-Making: Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference? 255

16 The Quality of Democracy and a "Kinder, Gentler" Democracy: Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference 274

17 Conclusions and Recommendations 295

Appendix: Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables, 1945-2010 and 1981-2010 304

References 311

Index 338

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to buy this book for class. It sucked. And so did the class.