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Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy: Controlling Governments: Voters, Institutions, and Accountability Series Number 7 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy: Controlling Governments: Voters, Institutions, and Accountability Series Number 7 (Hardback)

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Hardback 326 Pages / Published: 10/12/2007
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How much influence do citizens have to control the government? What guides voters at election time? Why do governments survive? How do institutions modify the power of the people over politicians? The book combines academic analytical rigor with comparative analysis to identify how much information voters must have to select a politician for office, or for holding a government accountable; whether parties in power can help voters to control their governments; how different institutional arrangements influence voters' control; why politicians choose particular electoral systems; and what economic and social conditions may undermine not only governments, but democracy. Arguments are backed by vast macro and micro empirical evidence. There are cross-country comparisons and survey analyses of many countries. In every case there has been an attempt to integrate analytical arguments and empirical research. The goal is to shed new light on perplexing questions of positive democratic theory.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521884105
Number of pages: 326
Weight: 554 g
Dimensions: 234 x 158 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The chapters in Controlling Governments are coherent and well argued, and the arguments are well defended. In fact, it reads like a special issue of a journal ...' Political Studies Review
"By analyzing topics such as political knowledge, ethnicity, and internal party politics thorough the lens of agency theory, Controlling Governments offers fresh insights into how citizens use their votes to influence elections and political stability. The book is a significant contribution that will be valuable to anyone interested in the comparative study of political representation." John D. Huber, Columbia University
"Controlling Governments represents an enormous advance in empirical democratic theory. The volume underscores the obstacles that voters face in holding democratic governments accountable and thus points toward reforms that may strengthen accountability. The chapters in this tightly integrated volume contain important new findings about how democracy works, such as that incumbency is an electoral disadvantage in developing democracies, that voters hold parties of the right and left to different performance standards, and that more-sophisticated voters pay more attention to performance, less-sophisticated ones to ideology. It will be must reading for positive and normative theorists of democracy and for students of comparative politics and government." Susan Stokes, Yale University
"The chapters are refreshingly eclectic in their theoretical approach, blending retrospective, spatial, and sociological theories of voting in thoughtful and productive ways." --Leonard Ray, Louisiana State University: Comparative Politics Book Reviews

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