Gunlicks provides a systematic and thematic (rather than country-by-country) approach that promotes comparisons of similarities and differences based on variables and concepts familiar to American and European students and the attentive publics in Europe and North America. After laying out a historical background, he explores liberal democratic, semi-democratic, and non-democratic states; territorial organization; presidential versus parliamentary political systems; separation of powers and checks and balances in these different political systems; electoral systems; legal systems; and the liberal democratic welfare state.
A comprehensive core text, Comparing Liberal Democracies provides the background and concepts necessary for a better understanding of liberal democracies in general and of the American and major European democracies in particular.
Amy gives readers all the information and analytical tools needed to make intelligent choices among voting systems. He provides a set of political criteria that can be used to judge voting systems and gives detailed descriptions of all the common voting systems used in the United States and other Western democracies, including winner-take-all systems as well as proportional representation systems. He also provides an analysis of the various political advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of system. This is an important guide for citizens, government officials, political activists, students, and anyone who wants to learn more about voting systems and their political implications.
comparative study of electoral systems is undergoing a lively revival. In the
past five years, over a dozen books on electoral systems have been written by
scholars from many nations and from many disciplines (see reviews of a number
of these in Lijphart, Political geography, long moribund, is undergoing a
remarkable renaissance (see reviews in Grofman, Taylor, Gudgin, and Johnston,
this volume). Social choice theorists have begun to link axiomatic criteria for
representative systems to practical political issues in choosing an election
system (see especially Brams and Fishburn, Fishburn, this volume). In the
United States, sparked in large part by the efforts of the section on
Representation and Electoral Systems of the American Political Science
Association, the history of American electoral experimentation with
proportional representation, weighted voting, and limited voting is being
rediscovered (see Grofman Weaver, this volume).
renewed scholarly attention to the study of electoral systems is long overdue.
The late Stein Rokkan wrote as recently as 1968, "Given the crucial
importance of the organization of legitimate elections in the development of
the mass democracies of the twentieth century, it is indeed astounding to
discover how little serious effort has been invested in the comparative study
of the wealth of information available” (Rokkan, 1968, 17). The long past
neglect of electoral systems by social scientists is especially surprising
since election rules not only have important effects on other elements of the
political system, especially the party system, but also offer a practical
instrument for political engineers who want to make changes in the political
system. Indeed, Sartori aptly characterizes electoral systems as ”the most
specific manipulative instrument of politics” 273)
volume on the impact of electoral laws...includes a very good bibliography and
index...establishes a broader international and interdisciplinary perspective
on the methods of representation.”--‘American Political Science Review’
Students and scholars in comparative politics and political theory will benefit from Cook's ability to rise above the usual divisions and limitations of sub-fields. A distinctive and refreshing mix of theory and empirical material, DEGREESINested Political Coalitions DEGREESR provides a sensible digest of diverse theoretical literatures, a good overview of coalition dynamics from one level to the next, and illustrates all this with breathtaking empirical coverage.
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