- Series: Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy (Book 2)
- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 13, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521646162
- ISBN-13: 978-0521646161
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Democracy, Accountability, and Representation (Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy)
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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
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.