• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This essential new book brings together world class scholars to provide a completely new comparative politics text. It offers a comprehensive reivew of the complete democratic process and provides a framework for measuring and evaluating contemporary democracy and democratic performance around the world.

The Comparative Approach to Democracy
The comparative approach to democracy

The three chapters in this first part of the book are meant as a general introduction for what follows later. The main goal is to introduce the reader to the comparative approach in political science. Such an introduction is necessary because to many it is not self-evident that the comparative approach is a distinctive field within political science (Keman, 1993a). Yet, ‘Comparative Politics’ is distinctive and, at the same time, part and parcel of the discipline. In this book we advance the point of view that theory formation on the level of political systems requires a rigorous and systematic empirical foundation. And precisely, democracy, the central object of study throughout this book, arguably must be studied ...

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