Comparative Democratic Politics
A Guide to Contemporary Theory and Research
Edited by Hans Keman
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Comparative Democratic Politics by Hans Keman
Book DescriptionDemocracy 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761954774
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hans Keman
Doing Research in Political Science, Paperback (November 2005)
An introduction to comparative research methods and statistics for students and researchers in political science, comparative politics and empirical political analysis. It introduces the theories and methodologies used in this discipline.
Political Context of Collective Action, Hardback (October 1997)
Greatly expanding the scope for research into collective action, this volume will be of great interest to students and researchers of politics and sociology interested in this important area.
Parties and Democracy, Paperback (September 1993)» View all books by Hans Keman
This text studies the actual behaviour of some 400 governments in 20 post-World War II democracies, including those of Western Europe, Australia, Israel, Japan and New Zealand. It concludes that parties do in fact function in accordance with modern democratic theory.
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Author Biography - Hans Keman
Hans Keman is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam CONTRIBUTORS' AFFILIATIONS: Klaus Armingeon Institut fuer Politiekwissenschapft, Unitobler Uwe Becker Universiteit van Amsterdam Ian Budge University of Essex Francis Castles The Australian National University, Canberra Hans Daalder The Hague Svante Errson Umea Universitet Kees van Kersbergen Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen Jan-Erik Lane Universite de Geneve Peter Mair Universiteit van Leiden Paul Pennings Vrije Universiteit Manfred Schmidt
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