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How Political Parties Respond: Interest Aggregation Revisited

How Political Parties Respond: Interest Aggregation Revisited

1st Edition

Kay Lawson, Thomas Poguntke
February 02, 2011

How Political Parties Respond focuses specifically on the question of interest aggregation. Do parties today perform that function? If so, how? If not, in what different ways do they seek to show themselves responsive to the electorate?This fascinating book studies these questions with reference to...

Democracy and Famine

Democracy and Famine

1st Edition

Olivier Rubin
November 08, 2010

Famine is the most extreme manifestation of the existence of poverty, inequality and political apathy. Whereas poverty, hunger and diseases are not easily eradicated in the world today, famines are often perceived to be relatively simple to avert. However, the political incentives to prevent...

Comparative Politics: The Principal-Agent Perspective

Comparative Politics: The Principal-Agent Perspective

1st Edition

Jan-Erik Lane
June 10, 2010

Starting from the principal-agent perspective, this book offers a new analysis of government. It interprets political institutions as devices designed to solve the omnipresent principal-agent game in politics. In other words how to select, instruct, monitor and evaluate political agents or elites...

Gender Equality, Citizenship and Human Rights: Controversies and Challenges in China and the Nordic Countries

Gender Equality, Citizenship and Human Rights: Controversies and Challenges in China and the Nordic Countries

1st Edition

Pauline Stoltz, Marina Svensson, Sun Zhongxin, Qi Wang
March 19, 2010

This comparative volume examines the ways in which current controversies and political, legal, and social struggles for gender equality raise conceptual questions and challenge our thinking on political theories of equality, citizenship and human rights. Bringing together scholars and activists...

Democratization and Market Reform in Developing and Transitional Countries: Think Tanks as Catalysts

Democratization and Market Reform in Developing and Transitional Countries: Think Tanks as Catalysts

1st Edition

James G. McGann
January 04, 2010

This book explores the pivotal role of think tanks in the democratization and economic reform movements by evaluating their overall effect on the transformation process in developing and transitional countries around the world. James G. McGann assesses twenty-three think tanks, located in nine...

Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis

Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

William A. Maloney, Sigrid Rossteutscher
April 28, 2009

This unique book offers an empirical assessment of how social and political involvement relates to theories of citizenship and democracy, providing a detailed comparative assessment of the potential that voluntary organizations offer citizens for social and political participation in several...

Citizenship and Ethnic Conflict: Challenging the Nation-State

Citizenship and Ethnic Conflict: Challenging the Nation-State

1st Edition

Haldun Gülalp
February 27, 2009

Making a new case for separating citizenship from nationality, this book comparatively examines a key selection of nation-states in terms of their definitions of nationality and citizenship, and the ways in which the association of some with the European Union has transformed these definitions. In...

Party Policy in Modern Democracies

Party Policy in Modern Democracies

1st Edition

Kenneth Benoit, Michael Laver
February 27, 2009

A new and wide-ranging empirical overview of party policy in 47 modern democracies, including all of the new democracies of Eastern Europe. It updates and radically extends Policy and Party Competition (1992), which established itself as a key mainstream data source for all political...

Democracy and Political Culture in Eastern Europe

Democracy and Political Culture in Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Dieter Fuchs, Jan Zielonka
June 10, 2008

What is the relationship between democracy and political culture in countries undergoing major systemic change? Have subjective political orientations of citizens been important in shaping the development of democracy in central and eastern Europe after the fall of communism? These core questions...

Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis

Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Jan W. Van Deth, José Ramón Montero, Anders Westholm
June 10, 2008

This unique study presents the results of a cross-national analysis of citizenship and participation among citizens in twelve European democracies. Research on the future and quality of contemporary democracy is usually restricted to focus either on political participation, on particular aspects of...

The Politics of Foundations: A Comparative Analysis

The Politics of Foundations: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Helmut Anheier, Siobhan Daly
June 10, 2008

This book explores the roles and visions foundations have of, and for, themselves in the new Europe. The leading contributors go beyond a quantitative profile of foundations in Europe, and probe deeper into their role and contributions in meeting the economic, cultural, environmental and...

Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study

Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study

1st Edition

Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay, Linda Trimble
June 10, 2008

The first book-length treatment of the political representation of women in countries with parliamentary systems based on the Westminster model. Written by a major international team of authors, this new study features twelve chapters on both new and established parliaments, including Australia,...

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