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Reforming democracies : six facts about politics that demand a new agenda

Author: Douglas A Chalmers
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2013.
Series: University seminars/Leonard Hastings Schoff memorial lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutions -- elections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their relations with chief executives -- to do so. Expanding a traditional vision of the institutions of representative democracy, Douglas A. Chalmers examines six aspects of political practice relating to the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas A Chalmers
ISBN: 9780231162944 0231162944 9780231531054 0231531052
OCLC Number: 794366479
Description: 177 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Rethinking the institutions of representative democracy --
Which people are represented in a representative democracy? --
Fact: quasi-citizens in the community are represented --
Fact: quasi-citizens in other jurisdictions are represented --
Connecting people and decision makers --
Fact: organizations and their alliances change rapidly --
Fact: personal networks are important --
Law- and policy making --
Fact: deliberation is as important as bargaining --
Fact: decisions are made in multiple venues.
Series Title: University seminars/Leonard Hastings Schoff memorial lectures.
Responsibility: Douglas A. Chalmers.


A noted political scientist revises our understanding of the institutions essential for representative democracy.  Read more...


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An important contribution to the study of democracy, Reforming Democracies is sure to appeal to social scientists, policy makers, and activists alike. Douglas A. Chalmer's style is engaging and Read more...

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