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The Influence of Political Institutions on the Effectiveness of Western 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/10.1093/0199286426.003.0005

Series: Comparative Politics

 The Influence of Political Institutions on the Effectiveness of Western Democracies

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This chapter examines the hypotheses about the impact of formal and informal institutions on the level, stability, and the structure of political effectiveness of western democracies. It presents a re-analysis of Arend Lijphart's Pattern of Democracy (1999) and investigates the validity of various veto player indices. It is shown that political institutions do matter, but formal and informal institutions cause different effects; both matter only sometimes and only to a limited degree.

Keywords: performance; democracy; effectiveness; formal institutions; informal institutions; veto players; globalization; majoritarian democracy; negation democracy; government

Chapter.  17661 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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