A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country by Steven L. Taylor

By Steven L. Taylor

4 individual students in political technology study American democracy from a comparative viewpoint, exploring how the U.S. political method differs from that of thirty different democracies and what these ameliorations eventually suggest for democratic functionality. This crucial textual content methods the subsequent associations from a political engineering viewpoint: constitutions, electoral structures, and political events, in addition to legislative, government, and judicial strength. The textual content seems at democracies from all over the world over a two-decade time-frame. the result's not just a clean view of the much-discussed topic of yank exceptionalism but in addition an leading edge method of comparative politics that treats the USA as yet one case between many. an awesome textbook for either American and comparative politics courses.

Steven L. Taylor is professor and chair of political technological know-how, Troy college. Matthew S. Shugart is professor of political technological know-how, collage of California, Davis. Arend Lijphart is study professor emeritus of political technology, collage of California, San Diego. Bernard Grofman is professor of political technological know-how, collage of California, Irvine.

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234. 27. John Breuilly, Nationalism and the State, 2nd edn (Manchester University Press, 1993), p. 288. Much of the following two paragraphs is based on this source. 28. Much the same could, of course, be said of the totalitarianism of Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union, but consideration of this experience would largely duplicate what can be said about Nazism, though it would also heighten the predicament in which liberal democratic theory thereafter found itself. 29. Joseph A. Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, 5th edn (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1976).

8. Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776) and The Rights of Man (1791–2) in Michael Foot and Isaac Kramnick (eds), The Thomas Paine Reader (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987), pp. 65–115, 201–364. 9. James Mill, Essay on Government (1820), ed. Currin V. Shields (New York: Liberal Arts Press, 1955). 10. Ibid, chs vii and viii. 11. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, The Federalist Papers (1788), ed. Isaac Kramnick (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987). 12. , The Federalist Papers, pp. 122–3. 13. For an extended discussion of the perceived deficiencies of the Articles of Confederation, see Gordon S.

Currin V. Shields (New York: Liberal Arts Press, 1955). 10. Ibid, chs vii and viii. 11. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, The Federalist Papers (1788), ed. Isaac Kramnick (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987). 12. , The Federalist Papers, pp. 122–3. 13. For an extended discussion of the perceived deficiencies of the Articles of Confederation, see Gordon S. Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969) ch. x, especially pp. 403–13.

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