Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Kaare Strom
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies
By Kaare Strom

Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Edited by See other recent books by Kaare Strom See other recent books by Wolfgang C. Muller See other recent books by Torbjorn Bergman
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $107.95
Your Price: $97.16 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $10.80! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $4.86 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply, Not for Xmas



Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Kaare Strom

Book Description

Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science, International University Bremen, Germany; and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Southampton. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. Today, parliamentarism is the most common form of democratic government. Yet knowledge of this regime type has been incomplete and often unsystematic. Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies offers new conceptual clarity on the topic. This book argues that representative democracies can be understood as chains of delegation and accountability between citizens and politicians. Under parliamentary democracy, this chain of delegation is simple but also long and indirect. Principal-agent theory helps us to understand the perils of democratic delegation, which include the problems of adverse selection and moral hazard. Citizens in democratic states, therefore, need institutional mechanisms by which they can control their representatives. The most important such control mechanisms are on the one hand political parties and on the other external constraints such as courts, central banks, referendums, and supranational institutions such as those of the European Union. Traditionally, parliamentary democracies have relied heavily on political parties and presidential systems more on external constraints. This new empirical investigation includes all seventeen West European parliamentary democracies. These countries are compared in a series of cross-national tables and figures, and seventeen country chapters provide a wealth of information on four discrete stages in the delegation process: delegation from voters to parliamentary representatives, delegation from parliament to the prime minister and cabinet, delegation within the cabinet, and delegation from cabinet ministers to civil servants. Each chapter illustrates how political parties serve as bonding instruments which align incentives and permit citizen control of the policy process. This is complemented by a consideration of external constraints. The concluding chapters go on to consider how well the problems of delegation and accountability are solved in these countries. They show that political systems with cohesive and competitive parties and strong mechanisms of external constraint solve their democratic agency problems better than countries with weaker control mechanisms. But in many countries political parties are now weakening, and parliamentary systems face new democratic challenges. Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies provides an unprecedented guide to contemporary European parliamentary democracies. As democratic governance is transformed at the dawn of the twenty-first century, it illustrates the important challenges faced by the parliamentary democracies of Western Europe.

Buy Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies book by Kaare Strom from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780199291601
ISBN-10: 0199291608
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 157mm x 44mm)
Pages: 784
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Kaare Strom

Resources, Governance and Civil Conflict by Kaare Strom Resources, Governance and Civil Conflict, Paperback (March 2012)

Written by leading researchers in the field of conflict research, this work explores how governance structures (domestic political institutions, international peace-keeping efforts, armed interventions by other states) and natural resources affect the dynamics and the termination of civil wars.

Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Kaare Strom Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining, Paperback (July 2010)

This analysis of coalition politics in Western Europe is based on the most comprehensive data set ever employed in coalition studies exploring both coalitional and single-party countries and governments.

Minority Government and Majority Rule by Kaare Strom Minority Government and Majority Rule, Paperback (June 2008)

Examines minority governments to show they are not exceptional or unstable.

» View all books by Kaare Strom

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies book by Kaare Strom and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Kaare Strom close
Comparative Politics Today: A World View by Kaare Strom
Resources, Governance and Civil Conflict by Kaare Strom
Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Kaare Strom
Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Kaare Strom
Minority Government and Majority Rule by Kaare Strom
Resources, Governance and Civil Conflict by Kaare Strom
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Kaare Strom
Coalition Governments in Western Europe by Kaare Strom
Policy, Office, or Votes? by Kaare Strom
Policy, Office, or Votes? by Kaare Strom
Minority Government and Majority Rule by Kaare Strom
»
Recent books by Wolfgang C. Muller close
Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Wolfgang C. Muller
Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Wolfgang C. Muller
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Wolfgang C. Muller
Political Parties and Electoral Change by Wolfgang C. Muller
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Wolfgang C. Muller
Coalition Governments in Western Europe by Wolfgang C. Muller
Policy, Office, or Votes? by Wolfgang C. Muller
Policy, Office, or Votes? by Wolfgang C. Muller
Members of Parliament in Western Europe by Wolfgang C. Muller
»
Recent books by Torbjorn Bergman close
Political Parties in Multi-Level Polities by Torbjorn Bergman
Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Torbjorn Bergman
Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining by Torbjorn Bergman
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Torbjorn Bergman
Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies by Torbjorn Bergman
Delegation and Accountability in European Integration by Torbjorn Bergman
Delegation and Accountability in European Integration by Torbjorn Bergman
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close