Democracy and Social Choice
By (author) Josep M. Colomer
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Political Institutions by Josep M. Colomer
Book DescriptionThe role of institutions is to establish the domains of public activity and the rules to select leaders. Democratic regimes organize in simple institutional frameworks to foster the concentration of power and alternative successive absolute winners and losers. They favour political satisfaction of relatively small groups, as well as policy instability. In contrast, pluralistic institutions produce multiple winners, including multiparty co-operation and agreements. They favour stable, moderate, and consensual policies that can satisfy large groups' interests on a great number of issues. The more complex the political institutions, the more stable and socially efficient the outcome will be. This book develops an extensive analysis of this relationship. It explores concepts, questions and insights based on social choice theory, while empirical focus is cast on more than 40 democratic countries and a few international organizations from late medieval times to the present. The book argues that pluralistic democratic institutions are judged to be better than simple formula of their higher capacity of producing socially satisfactory results.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199241842
(235mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Josep M. Colomer
How Global Institutions Rule the World, Hardback (November 2014)
This book reviews bureau-type organizations delivering network goods, documenting how most global institutions greatly improved their effectiveness during the last few decades. In the current globalized world, the design and choice of appropriate institutional rules and procedures can result in effective and democratic global government.
Comparative European Politics, Hardback (July 2008)
Gives an introduction to the institutional regimes of countries in Western Europe. This title provides a complete coverage of individual countries or group of countries, as well as to the European Union allowing readers to draw sophisticated comparisons between countries. Each chapter also explores political parties, elections and electoral rules.
Handbook of Electoral System Choice, Hardback (September 2004)» View all books by Josep M. Colomer
"The Handbook of Electoral System Choice" addresses the theoretical and comparative issues of electoral reform in relation to democratization, political strategies in established democracies and the relative performance of different electoral systems. Case studies are included.
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Author Biography - Josep M. Colomer
Professor of Political Science and Economics at the Higher Council of Scientific Research and the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
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