A different democracy : American government in a 31-country by Grofman, Bernard; Lijphart, Arend; Shugart, Matthew Soberg;

By Grofman, Bernard; Lijphart, Arend; Shugart, Matthew Soberg; Taylor, Steven L

American democracy differs drastically from different democracies world wide. yet is the yankee far more or much less efficacious than similar democracies in Asia, Latin the US, or Europe? What if the USA had a main minister rather than (or as well as) a president, or if it had 3 or extra events in Congress rather than ? could there be extra partisan animosity and legislative gridlock or much less? those are the categories of questions that brooding about U.S. govt in comparative viewpoint is helping us to analyze.
This precious contribution to political reports takes a different method of a much-studied topic, the U.S. govt from a comparative viewpoint. 4 extraordinary students within the box study the structure, the two-party method, the department of strength among kingdom and federal governments, and different significant beneficial properties of the yankee political procedure when it comes to how they fluctuate from different democracies, they usually discover what these changes eventually suggest for democratic functionality. through merging vital fields of research, American govt and comparative political structures, this crucial textual content deals a brand new and refreshingly insightful view of yank exceptionalism.

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Here the term regime signifies a set of rules and procedures that define how the executive power is constituted. We can also use terms like presidential system and parliamentary system to convey the same concept. Many independent countries undergo changes in regime without a change in the state, per se. For example, in 1989, the military of Chile ceased governing the country directly and transferred power to an elected president and legislature. In that way, it changed from an authoritarian regime (or a military regime, more specifically) to a democratic regime (and specifically, a presidential regime).

Speaking in the broad usage of the term, the very structure of government is a hierarchy. In a hierarchy, one actor is subordinate to another. That is, agents exercise authority, but only at the behest of principals, who continue to hold ultimate authority. This is a hierarchy because authority flows in one direction, from the principals to the agents. It is also a hierarchy in another sense: Accountability runs in the opposite direction, in that agents are accountable to principals. In politics, accountability means that the agent’s right to exercise authority can be revoked by the principal if the principal is not satisfied with the ways in which the agent is exercising the delegated authority.

Our Approach: Cross-National Institutional Comparison What none of the manifestations of discussions about American exceptionalism, which we outlined earlier, accomplishes are systematic comparisons of the actual functional machinery of democratic governance in the United States to other established democracies. This book seeks to fill that gap. In so doing we will demonstrate that democracy in the United States does, in fact, function differently from other democracies on a number of dimensions.

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