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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.

Democratic Institutions and Political Action
Democratic institutions and political action

A recent debate in contemporary political theory is about the role and working of institutions. Institutions can be defined as the formal and informal ‘rules of the political game’. Almost every democracy is organized by means of a set of basic laws that describe how the ‘game’ must be played. At the same time it is generally acknowledged that the application of the rules varies from country to country.

In this Part the issue at hand is how (organized) societal interests can be effectively represented. In other words: whether or not citizens' preferences are, literally better or worse handled by government and parliament given the institutional organization of the democratic system.

According Armingeon, one ought to analyse the ...

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