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A Model for Evaluating the A Model for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Liberal Democracies

Edeltraud Roller

in The Performance of Democracies

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286423
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286426.003.0002

Series: Comparative Politics

A Model for Evaluating the A Model for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Liberal Democracies

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This chapter develops a theoretical model for evaluating the effectiveness of liberal democracies. It consists of two parts. In the first part, a set of normative criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of political systems is suggested. It includes four policy goals: domestic security, wealth, socioeconomic security and socioeconomic equality, as well as the protection of the environment. In the second part, a set of indicators for measuring political effectiveness with respect to these policy goals is presented. Additionally, propositions about the relationship between the four policy goals are discussed, whether trade-offs or complementary relationships exist.

Keywords: performance; democracy; effectiveness; public policies; outcomes; trade-off; policy patterns; sustainability; evaluation; political goods

Chapter.  25438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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