These discussions reflect long-standing trends in the Fifth Republic. This volume aims at analysing those trends and at outlining the major perspectives for future development. In particular it puts the French political system in comparative perspectives and provides in-depth analysis of the evolution of the major political institutions and their relations. The volume argues that substantial reforms have helped to partially reshape French politics. Yet, it also shows that the fundamental characteristics of semi-presidential government have stood firm. The question is whether current debates and subsequent reforms are likely to alter the current pattern.
This book was published as a special issue of West European Politics.
"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"
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.
Andrew Reeve and Alan Ware aim to inform the debate about whether our electoral system should be reformed, by raising such crucial issues as the connection between democracy and the electoral process, the significance of the territorial dimension in the British electoral system, and the role the election system plays in allocating values in a society.
The American Anomaly systematically analyzes the U.S. political system by way of comparison with other countries, especially other industrialized democracies. It is organized into four sections, respectively covering the constitutional order, governmental institutions, political participation, and public policy. Extended case studies in each chapter draw on all the major regions of the world.
Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition also includes:
a new chapter on domestic public policy, including civil rights and liberties;
a new chapter on foreign policy;
updates throughout to reflect the 2008 elections and the beginning of the Obama administration;
a reorganized section on political participation;
over a dozen new figures and tables.
A companion website also offers overview slides, links, and other supporting features.
Addresses the contextual conditions which promote or hinder democratic development Reveals that democracy may not be the best institutional arrangement given a country's unique set of historical, economic, social, cultural and international circumstances Applies theories and principles relating to the promotion of the development of democracy to the contemporary case studies
Los criterios de selección aplicados se basan en que los artículos trasciendan la actualidad inmediata de la fecha de publicación y en que no estén firmados por políticos, pues entendemos que su voz ya encuentra cada día amplios espacios en los medios de comunicación y que los ciudadanos conocen bien sus opiniones. No obstante, sí figura un interesantísimo diálogo entre Felipe González y Jordi Pujol (mantenido durante un acto que organizó EL PAÍS) que fue moderado por Javier Moreno.
Se ha procurado asimismo evitar textos que puedan resultar repetitivos o demasiado coincidentes entre sí. No obstante, esas reiteraciones se producen en alguna ocasión, como consecuencia de los grandes grupos ideológicos en que cada autor se encuadra, voluntaria o involuntariamente. Finalmente, otros textos se han incluido o excluido con el criterio de buscar un cierto equilibrio que permita la presencia de todas las posturas, compatible con una extensión que no haga inmanejable este libro. El total de artículos disponibles sumaba 552, de los que se han escogido 163.