Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

Democracy, Accountability, and Representation

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This book examines whether the 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. The contributors of this volume, all leading scholars in the fields of American and comparative politics and political theory, address questions such as, whether elections induce governments to act in the interest of citizens. Are politicians in democracies accountable to voters in future elections? If so, does accountability induce politicians to represent citizens? Does accountability limit or enhance the scope of action of governments? Are governments that violate campaign mandates representative? 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 more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 b/w illus. 9 tables
  • 1139175106
  • 9781139175104

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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 Democracyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski and Susan C. Stokes; Part I. Elections, Accountability, and Representation: 1. Elections and representation Bernard Manin, Adam Przeworski and Susan C. Stokes; 2. Electorial accountability and the control of politicians: selecting good types versus sanctioning poor performance; 3. What do policy switches tell us about democracy? Susan C. Stokes; 4. Accountability and authority: toward a theory of political accountability John Ferejohn; 5. Accountability and manipulation Jose Maria Maravall; 6. Party government and responsiveness James A. Stimson; 7. Democracy, elections, and accountability for economic outcomes Jose Antonio Cheibub and Adam Przeworski; Part II. The Structure of Government and Accountability: 8. Accountability in Athenian politics Jon Elster; 9. Government accountability in parliamentary democracy Michael Laver and Kenneth A. Shepsle; 10. Mixing elected and non-elected officials in democratic policy making: fundamentals of accountability and responsibility Delmer D. Dunn; Part III. Situating Democratic Political Accountability John more

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