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The benchmark First and Second Editions of Comparing Democracies represented essential guides to the global study of elections. Reflecting recent developments in the field, this timely new edition gives an indispensable state-of-the art review of the whole field from the world's leading international scholars. With a completely new thematic introduction which explores how democracy is built and sustained, thoroughly updated chapters (many of which are also new), the Third Edition provides a theoretical and comparative understanding of the major topics related to elections and introduces important work on key new areas. Comparing Democracies, Third Edition will remain a must-read for students and lecturers of elections and voting behavior, comparative politics, parties, and democracy.

Consequences of Elections
Consequences of elections
G. BinghamPowell, Jr.

Many of the chapters in this book discuss elections. In a book about comparing democracies this is understandable. Competitive elections in which citizens choose their policymakers play a critical role in contemporary democracy. Democracy means government by the people. The election of representative policymakers is the essential institution that systematically induces policymakers to take account of what the people want in national policymaking. If a country has no elections, such as Saudi Arabia or Myanmar, or no elections at the national level, as in China, we do not consider the country to be a democracy, however important it may be or whatever other virtues it may have. Moreover, to qualify as democratic, the election must be competitive and ...

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