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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 Political Performance of Democracies
The political performance of democracies

The preceding chapters have demonstrated that both parties and governments matter as regards policy-making. Equally obvious is that the institutional design of democracy is important with respect to what parties and government can do. Together they are the ingredients to understand and to explain what, eventually democratic governance amounts to. In Part Four the focus of attention is on what democracies produce, or – as it is commonly called – the political performance of democratic systems.

In Chapter 10 the policy performance of post-war representative democracy is assessed. Although Castles supports the argument that ‘politics’ matters and democracies do function as supposed, he points out that the cross-national variation of policy performance is due to many other ...

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