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Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy

Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski, Susan C. Stokes, John Ferejohn, James A. Stimson, José Antonio Cheibub, Michael Laver, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Delmer D. Dunn, John Dunn
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  • Date Published: September 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646161

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  • This book examines whether mechanisms of accountability characteristic of democratic systems are sufficient to induce the representatives to act in the best interest of the represented. The first part of the volume focuses on the role of elections, distinguishing different ways in which they may cause representation. The second part is devoted to the role of checks and balances, between the government and the parliament as well as between the government and the bureaucracy. Overall, the essays combine theoretical discussions, game-theoretic models, case studies, and statistical analyses, within a shared analytical approach and a standardized terminology. The empirical material is drawn from the well established democracies as well as from new democracies.

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    "In an introductory essay to Democracy, Accountability, and Representation, Przeworski, Stokes, and Manin helpfully lay out a set of definitions for thinking about mass-elite linkages." Comparative Politics, Andrew Roberts, The Quality of Democracy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646161
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski and Susan C. Stokes
    Part I. Elections, Accountability, and Representation:
    1. Elections and representation Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski and Susan C. Stokes
    2. Electorial accountability and the control of politicians: selecting good types versus sanctioning poor performance
    3. What do policy switches tell us about democracy? Susan C. Stokes
    4. Accountability and authority: toward a theory of political accountability John Ferejohn
    5. Accountability and manipulation José María Maravall
    6. Party government and responsiveness James A. Stimson
    7. Democracy, elections, and accountability for economic outcomes José Antonio Cheibub and Adam Przeworski
    Part II. The Structure of Government and Accountability:
    8. Accountability in Athenian politics Jon Elster
    9. Government accountability in parliamentary democracy Michael Laver and Kenneth A. Shepsle
    10. Mixing elected and non-elected officials in democratic policy making: fundamentals of accountability and responsibility Delmer D. Dunn
    Part III. Situating Democratic Political Accountability John Dunn.

  • Editors

    Adam Przeworski, New York University

    Susan C. Stokes, University of Chicago and CREA, Paris

    Bernard Manin, New York University


    Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski, Susan C. Stokes, John Ferejohn, James A. Stimson, José Antonio Cheibub, Michael Laver, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Delmer D. Dunn, John Dunn

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