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A different democracy : American government in a Thirty-One-Country perspective / Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman.

by Taylor, Steven L; Shugart, Matthew Soberg; Lijphart, Arend; Grofman, Bernard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: xiii, 378 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780300198089 (paperback).Subject(s): Democracy -- United States | Comparative government | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative | POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory | United States -- Politics and government | დემოკრატია აშშ პოლიტიკური მეცნიერებები შედარებითი პოლიტიკაDDC classification: 320.473
Contents:
1. Introduction --Political Engineering and the US Constitution -- Constitutions -- Federalism and Division of Power -- Elections and Electoral Systems -- Political Parties, Election Campaigns, and Interest Groups -- Legislative Power -- Executive Power -- Judicial Power -- Comparative Conclusions.
Summary: "Four distinguished scholars in political science analyze American democracy from a comparative point of view, exploring how the U.S. political system differs from that of thirty other democracies and what those differences ultimately mean for democratic performance. This essential text approaches the following institutions from a political engineering point of view: constitutions, electoral systems, and political parties, as well as legislative, executive, and judicial power. The text looks at democracies from around the world over a two-decade time frame. The result is not only a fresh view of the much-discussed theme of American exceptionalism but also an innovative approach to comparative politics that treats the United States as but one case among many. An ideal textbook for both American and comparative politics courses"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Introduction --Political Engineering and the US Constitution -- Constitutions -- Federalism and Division of Power -- Elections and Electoral Systems -- Political Parties, Election Campaigns, and Interest Groups -- Legislative Power -- Executive Power -- Judicial Power -- Comparative Conclusions.

"Four distinguished scholars in political science analyze American democracy from a comparative point of view, exploring how the U.S. political system differs from that of thirty other democracies and what those differences ultimately mean for democratic performance. This essential text approaches the following institutions from a political engineering point of view: constitutions, electoral systems, and political parties, as well as legislative, executive, and judicial power. The text looks at democracies from around the world over a two-decade time frame. The result is not only a fresh view of the much-discussed theme of American exceptionalism but also an innovative approach to comparative politics that treats the United States as but one case among many. An ideal textbook for both American and comparative politics courses"--

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