Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-six Countries

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 351 pages
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Table of Contents Preface 1 Introduction 1 2 The Westminster Model of Democracy 9 3 The Consensus Model of Democracy 31 4 Thirty-Six Democracies 48 5 Party Systems: Two-Party and Multiparty Patterns 62 6 Cabinets: Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power 90 7 Executive-Legislative Relations: Patterns of Dominance and Balance of Power 116 8 Electoral Systems: Majority and Plurality Methods Versus Proportional Representation 143 9 Interest Groups: Pluralism Versus Corporatism 171 10 Division of Power: The Federal-Unitary and Centralized-Decentralized Contrasts 185 11 Parliaments and Congresses: Concentration Versus Division of Legislative Power 200 12 Constitutions: Amendment Procedures and Judicial Review 216 13 Central Banks: Independence Versus Dependence 232 14 The Two-Dimensional Conceptual Map of Democracy 243 15 Macro-Economic Management and the Control of Violence: Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference? 258 16 The Quality of Democracy and a "Kinder, Gentler" Democracy: Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference 275 17 Conclusions and Recommendations 301 App. A Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables, 1945-96 and 1971-96 311 App. B Alternative Measure of Multipartism, Cabinet Composition, and Disproportionality, 1945-96 and 1971-96 315 References 317 Index.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Westminster Model of Democracy
9
3 The Consensus Model of Democracy
31
4 ThirtySix Democracies
48
TwoParty and Multiparty Patterns
62
Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power
90
Patterns of Dominance and Balance of Power
116
Majority and Plurality Methods Versus Proportional Representation
143
Amendment Procedures and Judicial Review
216
Independence Versus Dependence
232
14 The TwoDimensional Conceptual Map of Democracy
243
Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference?
258
Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference
275
17 Conclusions and Recommendations
301
Appendix A Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables 194596 and 197196
311
Appendix B Alternative Measure of Multipartism Cabinet Composition and Disproportionality 194596 and 197196
315

Pluralism Versus Corporatism
171
The FederalUnitary and CentralizedDecentralized Contrasts
185
Concentration Versus Division of Legislative Power
200

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