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

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And consensus democracies clearly outperform majoritarian systems on measures of political equality, women's representation, citizen participation in elections, and proximity between government policies and voter preferences."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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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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