in The Performance of Democracies

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286423
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603358 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics


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This concluding chapter summarizes the most important results of this investigation into the development of political effectiveness in western democracies since 1974, and the impact of political institutions. The findings are discussed with respect to their theoretical and practical implications. The study stresses that the effect of institutions is more complicated than most of the neo-institutionalist approaches assume. No clear predictions can be made on the basis of institutional factors. Consequently, the analyses do not support the widely-held assumption that fundamental political problems can simply be resolved through institutional reforms of liberal democracies.

Keywords: performance; democracy; political institutions; domestic security policy; economic policy; social policy; environmental policy; globalization; veto players; institutional reforms

Chapter.  5868 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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