A Different Democracy

American Government in a 31-Country Perspective

Author: Steven L. Taylor,Matthew Soberg Shugart,Bernard Grofman,Arend Lijphart

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300198086

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

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"Four distinguished scholars in political science analyze American democracy from a comparative point of view, exploring how the U.S. political system differs from that of thirty other democracies and what those differences ultimately mean for democratic performance. This essential text approaches the following institutions from a political engineering point of view: constitutions, electoral systems, and political parties, as well as legislative, executive, and judicial power. The text looks at democracies from around the world over a two-decade time frame. The result is not only a fresh view of the much-discussed theme of American exceptionalism but also an innovative approach to comparative politics that treats the United States as but one case among many. An ideal textbook for both American and comparative politics courses"--

Consociationalism and Power-Sharing in Europe

Arend Lijphart’s Theory of Political Accommodation

Author: Michaelina Jakala,Durukan Kuzu,Matt Qvortrup

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319670980

Category: Political Science

Page: 209

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This book examines the theoretical and practical relevance and challenges of the consociationalist model of democracy. Since the publication of the Politics of Accommodation (1968) and Democracy in Plural Societies (1977) Professor Lijphart’s theories and practical implementations have played a key role in establishing enduring peace settlements. In this edited volume, scholars and Professor Lijphart himself critically examine the history of consocationalism and its application in areas including Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Colombia. The book will be essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students of political science, comparative politics, transitional justice and peace studies. It will also be of use to practitioners ranging from diplomats to NGOs who are interested in the practical application of tested models of political accommodation.

Power Diffusion and Democracy

Institutions, Deliberation and Outcomes

Author: Julian Bernauer,Adrian Vatter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108656013

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Departing from the established literature connecting the political-institutional patterns of democracy with the quality of democracy, this book acknowledges that democracies, if they can be described as such, come in a wide range of formats. At the conceptual and theoretical level, the authors make an argument based on deliberation, redrawing power diffusion in terms of the four dimensions of proportionality, decentralisation, presidentialism and direct democracy, and considering the potential interactions between these aspects. Empirically, they assemble data on sixty-one democracies between 1990 and 2015 to assess the performance and legitimacy of democracy. Their findings demonstrate that while, for example, proportional power diffusion is associated with lower income inequality, there is no simple institutional solution to all societal problems. This book explains contemporary levels of power diffusion, their potential convergence and their manifestation at the subnational level in democracies including the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

The Euro Crisis

Author: P. Arestis,M. Sawyer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230393543

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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A detailed and informed analysis of the current crisis facing the eurozone, examining the root causes and exploring the possible outcomes and uncertain future of the European Union and its currency. Chapters include case studies of Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Greece, as well as broader comparative perspectives.

American Difference

A Guide to American Politics in Comparative Perspective

Author: Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger,Michael R. Wolf

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1544357796

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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Examining democracies from a comparative perspective helps us better understand why politics—or, as Harold Lasswell famously said, “who gets what, when, and how”—differ among democracies. American Difference: A Guide to American Politics in Comparative Perspective takes you through different aspects of democracy—political culture, institutions, interest groups, political parties, and elections—and, unlike other works, explores how the United States is both different from and similar to other democracies. The fully updated Second Edition has been expanded to include several new chapters and discussion on civil liberties and civil rights, constitutional arrangements, elections and electoral institutions, and electoral behavior. This edition also includes data around the 2016 general election and 2018 midterm election

Electronic Government: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

Author: Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1599049481

Category: Computers

Page: 4780

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Provides research on e-government and its implications within the global context. Covers topics such as digital government, electronic justice, government-to-government, information policy, and cyber-infrastructure research and methodologies.

Local Government in Central and Eastern Europe

The Rebirth of Local Democracy

Author: Andrew Coulson,Lecturer in the Project Planning Centre for Developing Countries Andrew Coulson,Adrian Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136773584

Category: Political Science

Page: 172

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This book examines the democratic changes that took place in civil society in Central and Eastern Europe after the break up of the Soviet Union.

My Country, 'Tis of Thee

My Faith, My Family, Our Future

Author: Keith Ellison

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451666896

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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As the first Muslim elected to Congress, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison explores what it's like to be an American in the twenty-first century. As a Black, Latino, and former Catholic who converted to Islam, Keith Ellison, is the first Muslim elected to Congress—from a district with fewer than 1 percent Muslims and 11 percent Blacks. With his unique perspective on uniting a disparate community and speaking to a common goal, Ellison takes a provocative look at America and what needs to change to accommodate different races and beliefs. Filled with anecdotes, statistics, and social commentary, Ellison touches on everything from the Tea Party to Obama, from race to the immigration debate and more. He also draws some very clear distinctions between parties and shows why the deep polarization is unhealthy for America. Deeply patriotic, with My Country ’Tis of Thee, Ellison strives to help define what it means to be an American today.