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A different democracy : American government in a thirty-one-country perspective / Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman.

Author/Creator:
Taylor, Steven L., 1948- author.
Publication:
New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 378 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Democracy -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
Comparative government.
Comparative government
Democracy.
Political science
United States
Summary:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
1. Introduction
Political Engineering and the US Constitution
Constitutions
Federalism and Division of Power
Elections and Electoral Systems
Political Parties, Election Campaigns, and Interest Groups
Legislative Power
Executive Power
Judicial Power
Comparative Conclusions.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Shugart, Matthew Soberg, 1960- author.
Lijphart, Arend, author.
Grofman, Bernard, author.
ISBN:
9780300198089
0300198086
OCLC:
875999605
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