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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.

Policy Performance in the Democratic State: An Emergent Field of Study
Policy performance in the democratic state: An emergent field of study
Francis G.Castles
Introduction

Over the past three decades, scholars from across a number of social science disciplines have become more and more interested in the forces shaping the policy outcomes of democratic government. Public policies vary over time and across nations. In the years following the Second World War, governments in Western democratic nations have taken a far more activist stance than in earlier periods. This has been true of public policy across the board: economic policy, labour market policy, policies influencing the lives of families and, above all, the set of policies we describe as the welfare state. The broadest measure of the extent of ...

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