Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

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Adam Przeworski, Susan C. Stokes, Bernard Manin
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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Contents

Elections and Representation
29
Electoral Accountability and the Control of Politicians Selecting Good Types versus Sanctioning Poor Performance
55
What Do Policy Switches Tell Us about Democracy?
98
Accountability and Authority Toward a Theory of Political Accountability
131
Accountability and Manipulation
154
Party Government and Responsiveness
197
Democracy Elections and Accountability for Economic Outcomes
222
The Structure of Government and Accountability
251
Accountability in Athenian Politics
253
Government Accountability in Parliamentary Democracy
279
Mixing Elected and Nonelected Officials in Democratic Policy Making Fundamentals of Accountability and Responsibility
297
Overview
327
Situating Democratic Political Accountability
329
Author Index
345
Subject Index
350
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About the author (1999)

Adam Przeworski is the Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Politics at New York University. Previously, he was the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is the author of thirteen books and numerous articles. His recent publications include Democracy and Development, co-authored with Michael R. Alvarez, Jose Antonio Cheibub and Fernando Limongi (2000), Democracy and the Rule of Law, co-edited with Jose Maria Maravall (2003), and States and Markets (2003). He is the recipient of the 2001 Woodrow Wilson Prize.

Susan Stokes is John S. Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Director of the Yale Program on Democracy. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a past vice president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and a past president of APSA's Comparative Politics Section. Her books and articles explore democratization and how democracy works in developing countries. They have been recognized with prizes from APSA, APSA's Comparative Democratization Section, and the Society for Comparative Research. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the MacArthur Foundation, and Fulbright programs.

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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