A Model for Explaining the A Model for Explaining the Performance 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:

Series: Comparative Politics

A Model for Explaining the A Model for Explaining the Performance of Liberal Democracies

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This chapter develops a causal model for explaining the performance of liberal democracies. The model builds on explanatory models from three theoretical strands: comparative research on democracy, comparative public policy, and the veto player approach advocated in the context of the new institutionalism. It integrates formal and informal institutional factors as well as the three most-important non-institutional factors for explaining performance: the national level of wealth, the ideological orientation of the government, and the openness of the economy. The causal relationship between these factors is conceptualized on the basis of rational choice institutionalism. Furthermore, this chapter includes a discussion of the constitutional and partisan veto-player indices for measuring institutions. It concludes with a set of specific hypotheses on the effect of formal and informal institutions on political effectiveness.

Keywords: performance; formal institutions; informal institutions; veto players; globalization; rational choice; majoritarian democracy; negotiation democracy; socioeconomic modernity; government

Chapter.  26613 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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