Institutional Design in New Democracies
Eastern Europe and Latin America
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Institutional Design in New Democracies by Arend Lijphart
Book DescriptionCountries throughout Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe are moving from semi-closed to open economies and from authoritarian to democratic political systems. Despite important differences between the regions, these transitions involve similar tasks: the establishment of governmental institutions and electoral systems conducive to legitimation of the new and fragile democracies and expansion of the institutional infrastructure of a market economy.This volume looks at both regions, focusing on the relationship between the tasks of institutional design and the outcomes of the process of economic and political liberalization. In particular, the contributors emphasize the design of institutions to serve a market economy, the design of electoral laws, and the design of executive-legislative relations. Each chapter discusses the legacy of the pre-existing authoritarian regime; the range of preferences among various strategic actors (the government, state bureaucracies, opposition parties, and interest groups) with regard to the pace and mix of reforms; and the consequences of final choices for the institutionalization of effective economies and the process of democratization.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813321097
(235mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Arend Lijphart
Different Democracy, Paperback (January 2015)
Features four distinguished scholars in political science who analyze American democracy from a comparative point of view, exploring how the US political system differs from that of thirty other democracies and what those differences ultimately mean for democratic performance.
Patterns of Democracy, Paperback (July 2012)
Offers an analysis of worldwide democratic institutions. Examining thirty-six democracies during period from 1945 to 2010, the author arrives at important - and unexpected - conclusions about what type of democracy works best.
Thinking About Democracy, Hardback (September 2007)
Drawing on Professor Arend Lijphart's experience of research and publication in democracy and comparative politics, this book collects together his work.
Electoral Systems and Party Systems, Paperback (November 1995)» View all books by Arend Lijphart
A systematic and comprehensive study of the electoral systems used by 27 democracies, including those of Western Europe, Australia, Canada, the USA, India, and Japan. It is the definitive treatment of the subject to date. Its unique information and analysis make it essential reading for all those working in the field.
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Author Biography - Arend Lijphart
Arend Lijphart is professor of political science at University of California at San Diego, where Carlos H. Waisman is professor of sociology. Arend Lijphart is professor of political science at University of California at San Diego, where Carlos H. Waisman is professor of sociology.
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