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Developing Democracy : Comparative Research in Honour of J F P Blondel - Ian Budge

Developing Democracy

Comparative Research in Honour of J F P Blondel

By: Ian Budge (Editor), David H. McKay (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st March 1994
ISBN: 9780803988835
Number Of Pages: 352

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This comprehensive text examines comparatively the major political development of our time: the explosion of democracy in Eastern Europe and the Third World and its continuing development in Western democracies. Wide-ranging contributions from an internationally renowned group of scholars analyze how the new democracies are experimenting with Western models, while also highlighting the practical and theoretical weaknesses of the models themselves. This volume covers a range of important topical issues, including: the relationship of democracy in the nation-state to trans-national international institutions such as the EC; problems of democracy in post-Soviet Russia and Latin America; continuing threats to civil liberties; the political manipulation of the economy.

Industry Reviews

`The two editors are to be commended for their fine editorial work. The chapters have been grouped and linked together nicely, and this makes it definitely easier to read on, when you have started. Budge and McKay have put together a volume which is not only a decent tribute to the man [Jean Blondel], but which can also stand on its own as am expos[ac]e and discussion of central parts of comparative politics in the post-1989 era.... This is a very good collection of articles, useful for classroom - as well as for research purposes. It is first and foremost an appropriate tribute to a fine scholar and a great entrepreneur' - West European Politics

`A carefully constructed whole, deserving of the reader's respect.... The book is worth buying' - Political Studies

`Contains many examples of the kind of political science with which Blondel was associated... Most of the chapters in the book fit within the methodological assumptions of Blondel's conception of political science.... Blondel founded an important school of political science, which has been a powerful agent of change and new thinking in the discipline.... This book reminds us both of the strengths of the paradigm with which Blondel is associated' - Government and Opposition

`The volume is dedicated to the British political scientist, Jean Blondel... Blondel is one of the founders of comparative politics whose aim has been to understand and reflect positive as well as negative aspects of different democratic regimes drawing on examples of all nation states in the world.... the volume expands the knowledge of how democracy works, and in this sense it is a contribution to what `developing democracy' could mean in practice. It is written in a classic scientific manner, and it primarily addresses students and academics with an interest in comparative politics and democratic theory' - Futuresco

PART ONE: RESEARCH PROGRAMMES FOR DEMOCRACYComparative Politics and Reflexive Democracy - Ian BudgeBlondel and the Development of European Political Science - Ian BudgeDemocracy, Citizenship and the Study of Political Socialization - Pamela Johnston Conover and Donald D SearingVoters, Parties and Leaders Thirty Years On - Ivor Crewe Western Electoral Studies and the New Democracies of Eastern EuropePART TWO: DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS AND CAPITALIST ECONOMICSEconomic Influences on the Vote - David Sanders Modelling Electoral DecisionsEmployment versus Inflation - James E Alt Party Ideology, Information and International TradeBudgets and Democracy - Gosta Esping-Andersen Towards a Welfare State in Spain and Portugal,1960-1986PART THREE: GOVERNMENTS AND PARTIESCabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Government - Michael Laver and Kenneth A Shepsle A Research Agenda`Chief Executives' in Western Europe - Anthony KingPART FOUR: BUILDING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONSState-Building Without a Bureaucracy - R A W Rhodes The Case of the United KingdomThe Westminster Model in Comparative Perspective - Graham WilsonDemocratization and Constitutional Choices in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland 1989-1991 - Arend LijphartPopular Political Organizations and Democratic Development - Joe Foweraker A Comparison of Spain and MexicoPART FIVE: NEW DEMOCRACIES: ASSESSMENTS AND PROGNOSESDemocracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America - Christian AngladeThe European Community - Emil J Kirchner A Transnational Democracy?Democracy of Eastern Europe - Ronald J HillProblems of Democracy in Post-Soviet Russia - Peter FrankPART SIX: DIAGNOSING AND IMPROVING DEMOCRATIC PERFORMANCEGovernment and Private Censorship in Nine Western Democracies in the 1970s and 1980s - Kenneth Newton and Nigel ArtingstallEnriching Democracy - Anthony Barker Public Inquiry and the Policy Process

ISBN: 9780803988835
ISBN-10: 0803988834
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 1994
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57