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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300172027
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 84,969
  • Product dimensions: 12.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Arend Lijphart is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego, and the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Democracy in Plural Societies, published by Yale University Press. He lives in San Francisco.

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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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