Handbook of Democratic Government

Handbook of Democratic Government : Party Government in 20 Democracies (1945-1990)

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The Handbook of Democratic Government is the first compact and comprehensive data collection for 20 countries which simultaneously provides comparative and complete information on the composition of governments. Parties, ministries, portfolios, ministers and parliamentary support are listed, as well as duration, type of government and reasons for termination. The data are organised in such a manner that every researcher can use them as a basic data set, ready to be transformed according to the particular needs dictated by the research undertaken. Various levels of analysis are possible, both cross-nationally and across time, ranging from individual ministers and separate ministries to specific parties, governments or countries. Given its format, the data set is also a very useful background to the special annual issue of the European Journal of Political Research: Political Data Yearbook. It will save researchers in the field of comparative politics valuable time as it can be utilised in connection with, or in addition to other data sources.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 119 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 16mm | 249.47g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • VI, 119 p.
  • 0792325753
  • 9780792325758

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Government in Parliamentary Democracies. 2.1. The Choice of Countries and Period under Investigation. 2.2. Parties, Ministries and Party Control of Government. 2.3. What is a Government and How Long does it Last? 2.4. Ministers and the Distribution of Offices and Competences. 3. Operationalisation: Conceptual Validity and Data Reliability. 4. Glossary of Format of Data Set and Structure of Presentation. References. The Stability of Parliamentary Democracies. Duration, Type and Termination of Governments.
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