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

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Yale University Press, Sep 11, 2012 - Political Science - 368 pages

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
1
The Westminster Model of Democracy
9
The Consensus Model of Democracy
30
ThirtySix Democracies
46
Party Systems TwoParty and Multiparty Patterns
60
Cabinets Concentration Versus Sharing of Executive Power
79
ExecutiveLegislative Relations Patterns of Dominance and Balance of Power
105
Electoral Systems Majority and Plurality Methods Versus Proportional Representation
130
Constitutions Amendment Procedures and Judicial Review
204
Central Banks Independence Versus Dependence
226
The TwoDimensional Conceptual Map of Democracy
239
Effective Government and PolicyMaking Does Consensus Democracy Make a Difference?
255
The Quality of Democracy and a Kinder Gentler Democracy Consensus Democracy Makes a Difference
274
Conclusions and Recommendations
295
Two Dimensions and Ten Basic Variables 19452010 and 19812010
304
References
311

Interest Groups Pluralism Versus Corporatism
158
Division of Power The FederalUnitary and CentralizedDecentralized Contrasts
174
Parliaments and Congresses Concentration Versus Division of Legislative Power
187

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About the author (2012)

Arend Lijphart is professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego, and the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Democracy in Plural Societies, published by Yale University Press. He lives in San Francisco.

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