This chapter presents an empirical analysis of the level, development, and structure of political effectiveness in twenty-one OECD countries between 1974 and 1995. There are three main results. First, regarding the level of effectiveness, the USA is, with the exception of economic policy, always among those countries with the worst performance record. Second, in terms of the development of political effectiveness, the general hypothesis that western democracies have been converging at a lower level of performance can not be confirmed. Third, the thesis of increasing incompatibility or increased tension between different policy goals finds no empirical confirmation.
Keywords: democracy; effectiveness; domestic security policy; economic policy; social policy; environmental policy; trade off; policy patterns; sustainability; families of nations
Chapter. 36114 words.
Subjects: Political Economy
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