Patterns of Democracy

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Yale University Press, 2012 - Political Science - 368 pages
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In this updated and expanded edition of his classic text, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before. Examining thirty-six democracies during the period from 1945 to 2010, Lijphart arrives at important--and unexpected--conclusions about what type of democracy works best.

"Praise for the previous edition"

"Magnificent. . . . The best-researched book on democracy in the world today."--Malcolm Mackerras, "American Review of Politics"

"I can't think of another scholar as well qualified as Lijphart to write a book of this kind. He has an amazing grasp of the relevant literature, and he's compiled an unmatched collection of data."--Robert A. Dahl, Yale University

"This sound comparative research . . . will continue to be a standard in graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics."--"Choice"

 

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Contents

Introduction
The Consensus Model of Democracy
ThirtySix Democracies
Party Systems TwoParty and Multiparty Patterns
Cabinets Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power
ExecutiveLegislative Relations Patterns of Dominance and Balance
Electoral Systems Majority and Plurality Methods Versus
Interest Groups Pluralism Versus Corporatism
Legislative Power
Democracy Make a Difference?
Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference
Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables 19452010
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