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Democracy, Accountability, and Representation : Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy - Adam Przeworski

Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy

By: Adam Przeworski (Editor), Susan C. Stokes (Editor), Bernard Manin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd January 2000
ISBN: 9780521646161
Number Of Pages: 364

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This book examines whether mechanisms of accountability characteristic of democratic systems are sufficient to induce the representatives to act in the best interest of the represented. The first part of the volume focuses on the role of elections, distinguishing different ways in which they may cause representation. The second part is devoted to the role of checks and balances, between the government and the parliament as well as between the government and the bureaucracy. Overall, the essays combine theoretical discussions, game-theoretic models, case studies, and statistical analyses, within a shared analytical approach and a standardized terminology. The empirical material is drawn from the well established democracies as well as from new democracies.

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"In an introductory essay to Democracy, Accountability, and Representation, Przeworski, Stokes, and Manin helpfully lay out a set of definitions for thinking about mass-elite linkages." Comparative Politics, Andrew Roberts, The Quality of Democracy

List of Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Elections, Accountability, and Representationp. 27
Elections and Representationp. 29
Electoral Accountability and the Control of Politicians: Selecting Good Types versus Sanctioning Poor Performancep. 55
What Do Policy Switches Tell Us about Democracy?p. 98
Accountability and Authority: Toward a Theory of Political Accountabilityp. 131
Accountability and Manipulationp. 154
Party Government and Responsivenessp. 197
Democracy, Elections, and Accountability for Economic Outcomesp. 222
The Structure of Government and Accountabilityp. 251
Accountability in Athenian Politicsp. 253
Government Accountability in Parliamentary Democracyp. 279
Mixing Elected and Nonelected Officials in Democratic Policy Making: Fundamentals of Accountability and Responsibilityp. 297
Overviewp. 327
Situating Democratic Political Accountabilityp. 329
Author Indexp. 345
Subject Indexp. 350
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ISBN: 9780521646161
ISBN-10: 0521646162
Series: Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 3rd January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.5