Assessing the Quality of Democracy

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JHU Press, Oct 7, 2005 - Political Science - 284 pages
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The latest volume in this popular series focuses on the best ways to evaluate and improve the quality of new democratic regimes. The essays in part one elaborate and refine several themes of democratic quality: the rule of law, accountability, freedom, equality, and responsiveness. The second part features six comparative cases, each of which applies these thematic elements to two neighboring countries: Brazil and Chile, South Africa and Ghana, Italy and Spain, Romania and Poland, India and Bangladesh, and Taiwan and Korea.

Contributors: David Beetham, University of Leeds; Yun-han Chu, National Taiwan University; Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution; Sumit Ganguly, University of Texas–Austin; E. Gyimah-Boadi, Center for Democratic Development, Ghana; Frances Hagopian, University of Notre Dame; Robert Mattes, University of Cape Town; Leonardo Morlino, University of Florence; Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Romanian Academic Society; Guillermo O'Donnell, University of Notre Dame; Marc F. Plattner, International Forum for Democratic Studies; G. Bingham Powell, Jr., University of Rochester; Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Brown University; Philippe C. Schmitter, European University Institute, Florence; Doh Chull Shin, University of Missouri at Columbia.

 

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Contents

Why the Rule of Law Matters
3
The Ambiguous Virtues of Accountability
18
David Beetham
32
Addressing Inequality
47
G Bingham Powell Jr
62
Italy and Spain
85
Frances Hagopian
123
Bangladesh and India
163
Yunhan Chu and Doh Chull Shin
188
Poland and Romania
213
Robert Mattes and E GyimahBoadi
238
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Larry Diamond is coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, codirector of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Leonardo Morlino is a professor of political science at the University of Florence and director of the Research Centre on Southern Europe and author of Democrazie e Democratizzazioni.

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