9780199286720

Elections, Parties, Democracy Conferring the Median Mandate

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199286720

  • ISBN10:

    0199286728

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-12-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

How does representative democracy work in the modern age? Examining 21 post-war democracies, this strikingly innovative approach by two world-class scholars demonstrates how the voter in the middle--the median elector--empowers the centre party in parliament to translate political preferences into public policy.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
xii
List of Tables
xiv
The Mandate Process
1(58)
Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy
3(16)
Mandate Theories: Government and Median
19(11)
Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space
30(19)
Research Questions for Comparative Investigation
49(10)
The Electoral Process
59(80)
Choices Parties Offer
61(30)
Mandates Without Obvious Majorities?
91(25)
Representing the Median Voter
116(23)
The Governing Process
139(30)
Who Controls Short-Term Policymaking?
141(13)
From Declared to Actual Policy: Short-Term Influences on Government Policies
154(15)
The Democratic Process
169(74)
Long-Term Policy Regimes: Incrementalism Put in Context
171(10)
Fluctuating Political Forces
181(22)
Politics and Policy Regimes: Setting a Long-Term Equilibrium
203(24)
Unifying Theories of Democracy Through the Median Mandate
227(16)
Bibliography 243(10)
Index 253

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