Comparative Democratic Politics: A Guide to Contemporary Theory and Research
Democracy is the most widely used way of organizing politics in the contemporary world. Comparative Democratic Politics brings together a team of renowned international scholars to provide a comprehensive review of theory and research in this essential area of comparative study.
A key aim to the book is to introduce and understand representative democracy as a political process and contemporary system of governance in need of constant attention and scrutiny.
Four important themes include:
the contribution of comparative politics as a distinct field within political science to our understanding of democracy, democratic politics and democratic theory
what we can learn from a comparative analysis of the role, functioning and behaviour of the principal actors (electorate, parties and institutions) across nations
the relationship between politics and public policy formation and processes of democratic decision-making and corresponding policy-making capacity
how we measure contemporary democracy or democratic performance in both a procedural and material sense.
Comparative Democratic Politics will afford new and important insights to the contemporary study of representative democracy. It will be essential reading for all students and academics of political science and public policy seeking a deeper understanding of both the world's so called established and emerging democracies.
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Notes on the Editor and contributors xv
SUMMARY OF CONTENTS
The Development of the Study
The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation 18
The Dynastic State in Germany
Manufacture and Salesmanship
Part Three DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL
The Larger Uses of Credit
The Impact of Political Parties Constitutional
Comparative Politics and the Welfare State
Part Four THE POLITICAL PERFORMANCE OF DEMOCRACIES
Part Two PARTIES AND GOVERNMENT IN DEMOCRACIES
Voters Elections and Ideology in European
The Barbarian Status of Women
The Economic Theory of Womens Dress
Mass Electoral Behaviour in Western Europe