Comparative Democratic Politics: A Guide to Contemporary Theory and Research

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Hans Keman
SAGE, May 24, 2002 - Political Science - 326 pages
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Democracy is the most widely used way of organizing politics in the contemporary world. Comparative Democratic Politics brings together a team of renowned international scholars to provide a comprehensive review of theory and research in this essential area of comparative study.

A key aim to the book is to introduce and understand representative democracy as a political process and contemporary system of governance in need of constant attention and scrutiny.

Four important themes include:

the contribution of comparative politics as a distinct field within political science to our understanding of democracy, democratic politics and democratic theory

what we can learn from a comparative analysis of the role, functioning and behaviour of the principal actors (electorate, parties and institutions) across nations

the relationship between politics and public policy formation and processes of democratic decision-making and corresponding policy-making capacity

how we measure contemporary democracy or democratic performance in both a procedural and material sense.

Comparative Democratic Politics will afford new and important insights to the contemporary study of representative democracy. It will be essential reading for all students and academics of political science and public policy seeking a deeper understanding of both the world's so called established and emerging democracies.

 

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Contents

Notes on the Editor and contributors
xv
SUMMARY OF CONTENTS
1
The Development of the Study
16
The Instability of Knowledge and Belief
28
Theories and Evidence
32
The Technology of the Predatory Culture
37
The Dynastic State in Germany
41
Higher Learning
52
Dementia Praecox
127
Manufacture and Salesmanship
133
Part Three DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL
141
The Larger Uses of Credit
152
The Impact of Political Parties Constitutional
166
Comparative Politics and the Welfare State
185
Part Four THE POLITICAL PERFORMANCE OF DEMOCRACIES
213
Are There
233

Part Two PARTIES AND GOVERNMENT IN DEMOCRACIES
63
Sabotage
85
Patriotism
94
Voters Elections and Ideology in European
99
The Barbarian Status of Women
111
The Economic Theory of Womens Dress
120
Mass Electoral Behaviour in Western Europe
122
Variables and sources
255
Democratic Institutions Governance and Political
257
Variables and sources
285
Bibliography 192
287
Index
320
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Hans Keman is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam

CONTRIBUTORS' AFFILIATIONS:

Klaus Armingeon Institut fuer Politiekwissenschapft, Unitobler

Uwe Becker Universiteit van Amsterdam

Ian Budge University of Essex

Francis Castles The Australian National University, Canberra

Hans Daalder The Hague

Svante Errson Umea Universitet

Kees van Kersbergen Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen

Jan-Erik Lane Universite de Geneve

Peter Mair Universiteit van Leiden

Paul Pennings Vrije Universiteit

Manfred Schmidt

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