The New Institutional Politics: Outcomes and Consequences

The New Institutional Politics: Outcomes and Consequences

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By (author) Jan-Erik Lane, By (author) Svante O. Ersson

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 235mm x 18mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415183219
  • ISBN 13: 9780415183215
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 82 black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 1,117,224

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The New Institutional Politics is a comparative study of the impact of political institutions upon outcomes, and covers some of the major themes in the new institutionalism. It looks at how various democratic institutions like Konkordanzdemokratie or corporatism promote better outcomes than Westminster institutions. The evaluation of the performance of political institutions covers the executive, the legislature and the judicial system. The book also looks at economic outcomes such as affluence and GDP growth as well as social ones like income distribution and quality of life. It examines the problems of institutional effects in democracies and dictatorships and provides analysis of some of the major models in political science. This is an exploration of how political institutions matter for political, economic and social outcomes. It estimates their impact in relation to other major factors such as culture and social structure. It is written for political scientists and graduates studying comparative politics.

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Table of contents

Introduction: If institutions matter, then for what? Analytical Section: Theoretical Foundations 1. The Two Meanings of 'Institution' 2. Micro Foundations: Institutions and Opportunistic Behaviour 3. Institutions, Outputs and Outcomes Empirical Section: Political Institutions 4. The Duverger Theory: the impact of election rules 5. The General Outcomes of Democracy 6. The Lijphart Model(s): Which form of Democracy does Best? 7. The Outcomes of Presidentialism: Linz 8. Impact of Legislative Institutions: Referenda, Parliaments, Judicial Review and Independent Central Banks 9. The Federal Model: Is it superior? Social Institutions 10. Effects from Economic Institutions 11. Economic Institutions and Political Freedom 12. Family Institutions: Affluence and Democracy Conclusion: Constitutionalism Matters