The Construction of Democracy: Lessons from Practice and Research

Overview

How should democracies balance the hopes and constraints of their societies with the architecture of their constitutions and institutions to secure freedom, promote citizenship, and foster prosperity? In The Construction of Democracy, leading scholars from seven different countries—and key decision makers from eight—come together to analyze the dimensions of democratic design and draw not only practical but feasible recommendations.

Here citizens, politicians, and government ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $11.84   
  • New (2) from $41.07   
  • Used (6) from $11.84   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$41.07
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(23312)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
BRAND NEW

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$41.17
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(10090)

Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from US within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

How should democracies balance the hopes and constraints of their societies with the architecture of their constitutions and institutions to secure freedom, promote citizenship, and foster prosperity? In The Construction of Democracy, leading scholars from seven different countries—and key decision makers from eight—come together to analyze the dimensions of democratic design and draw not only practical but feasible recommendations.

Here citizens, politicians, and government officials offer valuable insight into the craft of politics with real examples of success and failures from some of the leading policy makers of our time—including the president of Portugal, former presidents of Brazil and Colombia, and a former prime minister of India. Drawing on the work of the Club of Madrid's Conference on Democratic Transition and Consolidation, the contributors discuss building and sustaining a contemporary democratic state, strengthening pluralism and public participation, designing effective constitutions, confronting economic challenges for new democracies, and controlling corruption.

In a rare instance where the expertise of practical-minded scholars is melded with the experience of thoughtful policy makers, this volume offers much-needed insight to others seeking sensible and effective solutions.

Contributors: Carlos Blanco, minister for the reform of the state, Venezuela; Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil; Aníbal Cavaco Silva, president of Portugal; Antônio Octávio Cintra, the Research Service of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies; Rut Diamint, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires; Jorge I. Domínguez, Harvard University; Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University; César Gaviria, former president of Colombia; Anna Grzymala-Busse, University of Michigan; Inder Kumar Gujral, former prime minister of India; Anthony Jones, the Gorbachev Foundation of North America; Marcelo Barroso Lacombe, the Research Service of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies; José Luis Méndez, El Colegio de México; Andrew Richards, Instituto Juan March of the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Ciencias Sociales, Madrid; Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University; Richard Simeon, University of Toronto; Luc Turgeon, University of Toronto.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Latin American Studies
The book is useful in a variety of ways... its effort to include academics as well as practitioners makes it stand out from the crowd of other volumes on democratisation.

— Henry A. Dietz

Latin American Studies - Henry A. Dietz
The book is useful in a variety of ways... its effort to include academics as well as practitioners makes it stand out from the crowd of other volumes on democratisation.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801885952
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2007
  • Series: Democratic Transition and Consolidation
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorge I. Domínguez is the Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics at Harvard University and an advisor to the Club of Madrid. He is the author and editor of several books, including Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, also by Johns Hopkins University Press. Anthony Jones is executive director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America, on the Board of Directors of the Club of Madrid, an affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University. He has authored and edited ten books.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Macro Issues of Democratic Construction     1
Building and Sustaining a Contemporary Democratic State   Jorge I. Dominguez   Anthony Jones     3
Strengthening Pluralism and Public Participation in New Democracies   Grzegorz Ekiert   Anna Grzymala-Busse     20
Economic Challenges for the New Democracies   Andrew Richards     45
Elected Institutions of the Democratic State     77
Constitutional Design and the Construction of Democracy: A Citizenship Regime Perspective   Richard Simeon   Luc Turgeon     79
Executive-Legislative Relations and Democratic Consolidation: A Review and Some Questions   Antonio Octavio Cintra   Marcelo Barroso Lacombe     103
Implementing the Policies of the Democratic State     121
Toward More Balanced Approaches in the Reform of the State   Jose Luis Mendez     123
Military, Police, Politics, and Society: Does Latin America Have a Democratic Model?   Rut Diamint     148
Controlling Corruption: Government Accountability, Business Ethics, and Sectoral Reform   Susan Rose-Ackerman     177
The Democratic State in Practice     201
Brazil: The Ethics of Responsibility   Fernando HenriqueCardoso     205
Latin America: National and Global Factors in Democratization and Democratic Consolidation   Cesar Gaviria     209
Democracy: A View from India   Inder K. Gujral     218
Portugal: Executive-Legislative Relations   Anibal Cavaco Silva     221
The Latin American Military Enigma   Carlos Blanco     224
Epilogue   Jorge I. Dominguez     239
List of Contributors     241
Index     245
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)