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By Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman

4 individual students in political technological know-how learn American democracy from a comparative viewpoint, exploring how the U.S. political process differs from that of thirty different democracies and what these transformations finally suggest for democratic functionality. This crucial textual content techniques the subsequent associations from a political engineering perspective: constitutions, electoral structures, and political events, in addition to legislative, govt, and judicial energy. The textual content seems to be at democracies from world wide over a two-decade time-frame. the result's not just a clean view of the much-discussed subject of yankee exceptionalism but additionally an leading edge method of comparative politics that treats the USA as yet one case between many. a fantastic textbook for either American and comparative politics classes.

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The institutions’ form and function will, in general, reflect the nature of the cooperation problem. N of actors This argument is derived from the RDII project. 45 Moreover, when institutions operate on the consensus principle, as opposed to majority voting, a larger group will find it difficult not only to achieve agreement, but also face a greater risk that any agreement be diluted by the “lowest common denominator” problem. On the other hand, social influence theory suggests that when it comes to putting social pressure on actors to cooperate, a larger group might be better since there are greater status rewards and punishments at stake for any particular actor.

Alastair Iain Johnston, “Treating International Institutions as Social Environments,” International Studies Quarterly, 45:4 (December 2001), pp. 487–516. 22 Crafting Cooperation the number of actors allowed to participate. How inclusive or exclusive is the institution? Scope refers to the range of issues that the institution is designed to handle. The scope could be narrow, broad, intrusive, or nonintrusive. Formal rules refers to the explicit and “legalized” regulations governing how decisions are made.

Jeffrey Checkel, “Why Comply? Social Learning and European Identity Change,” International Organization, 55:3 (Summer 2001), pp. 553–88. Alastair Iain Johnston, “Treating International Institutions as Social Environments,” International Studies Quarterly, 45:4 (December 2001), pp. 487–516. 22 Crafting Cooperation the number of actors allowed to participate. How inclusive or exclusive is the institution? Scope refers to the range of issues that the institution is designed to handle. The scope could be narrow, broad, intrusive, or nonintrusive.

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