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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 Impact of Political Parties, Constitutional Structures and Veto Players on Public Policy
The impact of political parties, constitutional structures and veto players on public policy
Manfred G.Schmidt
Democratic Policy-Making

Democracy has been rightly praised for its comparative advantage over non-democratic political systems. But the worship must be qualified. It is not democracy per se which outperforms all other forms of government. It is ‘established’ or ‘secure’ democracy together with rule of law, effective protection of civic rights and a high level of welfare, such as in most democratic member countries of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which makes the major difference between relatively good government and all other forms of government (Schmidt, 2000: Part IV).

Take, for example, political equality or the guarantee of political ...

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