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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 4: Comparative Government and Democracy: Modelling Party Democracy Across 16 Countries1
Comparative Government and Democracy: Modelling Party Democracy Across 16 Countries1
Studying Democracy Comparatively
Previous chapters have discussed the concerns and methods of comparative politics as applied to the study of democracy. This chapter offers a first application of these approaches to the practical task of comparing political systems. It focuses on democratic systems for a number of reasons. First, democracy is the most widely diffused way of organizing polities in the contemporary world. Many countries which term themselves democracies of course fall considerably short of the ideal. Nevertheless they do follow practices (such as holding regular elections) which are recognizably democratic (see also: Derbyshire and Derbyshire, 1996; Chapters 3 and 12 in this book).
A second reason for ...