In this updated and expanded edition of his classic text, Arend Lijphart offers a broader and deeper analysis of worldwide democratic institutions than ever before Examining thirty six democracies during the period from 1945 to 2010, Lijphart arrives at importantand unexpectedconclusions about what type of democracy works best Praise for the previous edition Magnificent The best researched book on democracy in the world today Malcolm Mackerras, American Review of Politics I can t think of another scholar as well qualified as Lijphart to write a book of this kind He has an amazing grasp of the relevant literature, and he s compiled an unmatched collection of data Robert A Dahl, Yale University This sound comparative research will continue to be a standard in graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics Choice...
|Title||:||Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries|
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Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries Reviews
Arend Lijphart's "Patterns of Democracy" has become a standardized text within the comparative politics subfield, but I think the question needs to be asked "Given all the divergence in regime type that sprouted with the downfall of the Soviet Union, is the pure Westminster system still a viable starting point for analyzing the points of democratic governance. There's such a regime diversity these days that even regimes of a Westminster character have mutated into systems with two or three different characters. Its' still relevant information particularly when differentiating between presidential and prime ministerial type systems, cabinets, electoral systems etc. But I have to question whether the mixing of systemic elements has left Patterns of Democracy, a dated treatment of a system that has drastically changed.
This is a book recommended by the University of London in their Political Science undergraduate course. I found it well written, clear and easy to go about. There is a conceptual difference between majoritarian and consensus types of democracies that are very distinctively spelled out. You go through the Westminster model, and related types, all the way through the consensual model whereby Switzerland democracy is fully studied. Cabinet decision making and the intricacies of the Central Banks are scrutinized under the two models proposed. The data presented is updated. I read it on my kindle, and underlined the most prominent parts.
Lijphart seeks to test which type of democratic institutions - consensus or majoritarian - performs most effectively. He tests the performance of these institutions through a statistical analysis of their relative efficiency in three broad fields: macroeconomic management, control of violence, and what he terms the "kinder and gentler" qualities of democracy (293). However, before discussing the results of Lijphart's study, it is necessary to explore what distinguishes the institutions of majoritarian and consensus systems.
Good book for a political science class!
We all need knowledge but knowledge that continues to benefit mankind is indispensable. I'm glad I purchased this study book
This is a successor to Lijphart's Democracies, which covered twenty-two countries. It is expanded to include LDCs like India, Costa Rica and Jamaica.
The book explains the essence of democracy and all its main facets. There is a strong sense of structure in the text. The author brings forth the two different types of democracy: majoritarian and consensus - and introduces the readers to the 36 democracies he uses in his case studies, examples, and as his correlational back-pins. Each of the chapters speak on a certain facet of democracy (cabinets, electoral systems, interest groups, etc.) and compares and contrasts how they look like under the two different types of democracy.