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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.
Chapter 1: The Comparative Approach to Democracy
The Comparative Approach to Democracy
This book aims at empirical and theoretical analyses with respect to the interactions between political and societal actors within the institutional arrangements that characterize representative democracy. In particular, we have set out to investigate the interactions of these actors in parliamentary and presidential democratic polities and their impact on public policy formation and related democratic performance. More specifically this book aims to explain the format and consequences of democratic politics under socially diverse situations and varying economic circumstances. In fact, one may wonder how it has been possible to construct and consolidate democracy in such a fashion that most democratic countries appear to have developed into relatively stable and effective polities under political and economic circumstances ...