Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 13, 1999 - Political Science - 351 pages
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This book examines whether mechanisms of accountability characteristic of democratic systems are sufficient to induce the representatives to act in the best interest of the represented. The first part of the volume focuses on the role of elections, distinguishing different ways in which they may cause representation. The second part is devoted to the role of checks and balances, between the government and the parliament as well as between the government and the bureaucracy. Overall, the essays combine theoretical discussions, game-theoretic models, case studies, and statistical analyses, within a shared analytical approach and a standardized terminology. The empirical material is drawn from the well established democracies as well as from new democracies.

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Elections and Representation
Electoral Accountability and the Control of Politicians Selecting Good Types versus Sanctioning Poor Performance
What Do Policy Switches Tell Us about Democracy?
Accountability and Authority Toward a Theory of Political Accountability
Accountability and Manipulation
Party Government and Responsiveness
Democracy Elections and Accountability for Economic Outcomes
The Structure of Government and Accountability
Accountability in Athenian Politics
Government Accountability in Parliamentary Democracy
Mixing Elected and Nonelected Officials in Democratic Policy Making Fundamentals of Accountability and Responsibility
Situating Democratic Political Accountability
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (1999)

Adam Przeworski is the Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Politics at New York University. He previously taught at the University of Chicago, where he was the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor. Przeworski is the recipient of the 1985 Socialist Review Book Award, the 1998 Gregory M. Luebbert Article Award, the 2001 Woodrow Wilson Prize, the 2010 Lawrence Longley Award, and the 2010 Johan Skytte Prize. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1991.

Susan Stokes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Manin is Professor in the Department of Politics, New York University, and Directeur des Recherches at the Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris.

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