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Power Diffusion and Democracy
Institutions, Deliberation and Outcomes

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  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483384

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  • Departing from the established literature connecting the political-institutional patterns of democracy with the quality of democracy, this book acknowledges that democracies, if they can be described as such, come in a wide range of formats. At the conceptual and theoretical level, the authors make an argument based on deliberation, redrawing power diffusion in terms of the four dimensions of proportionality, decentralisation, presidentialism and direct democracy, and considering the potential interactions between these aspects. Empirically, they assemble data on sixty-one democracies between 1990 and 2015 to assess the performance and legitimacy of democracy. Their findings demonstrate that while, for example, proportional power diffusion is associated with lower income inequality, there is no simple institutional solution to all societal problems. This book explains contemporary levels of power diffusion, their potential convergence and their manifestation at the subnational level in democracies including the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

    • Gives a theoretical underpinning to research on empirical patterns of democracy
    • Studies power diffusion using a fresh database covering sixty-one democracies between 1990 and 2015
    • Will interest scholars and researchers in comparative politics and political theory, specifically those working on democratic theory
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    ‘Power Diffusion and Democracy is an enormously impressive work - a comparative masterpiece. It’s a theoretically and methodologically sophisticated analysis of the political-institutional arrangements in more than sixty democracies. The authors convincingly link the concept of deliberation, which matches my own work on the politics of accommodation, to the framework of patterns of democracy. The wide and deep database, the various analytical perspectives and the important findings make this book an essential reading for anyone interested in the mechanisms of power diffusion in democracies.’ Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483384
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 53 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing power diffusion in democracies
    2. A theory of power diffusion, deliberation and democracy
    3. A taxonomy of power diffusion
    4. Performance
    5. Legitimacy
    6. Explaining power diffusion
    7. Convergence
    8. Subnational power diffusion
    9. Conclusions.

  • Authors

    Julian Bernauer, Universität Mannheim, Germany
    Julian Bernauer is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Data and Methods Unit of the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), Universität Mannheim. His research has been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics and Electoral Studies.

    Adrian Vatter, Universität Bern, Switzerland
    Adrian Vatter is Professor of Political Science (Swiss politics) at the Institute of Political Science, Universität Bern, Switzerland. He has published in the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, European Political Science Review, the Journal of European Public Policy, Party Politics, Publius, and West European Politics, among others.

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