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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Comparative Constitutional Engineering: An Inquiry into Structures, Incentives and Outcomes 2nd ed

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Giovanni SartoriAlbert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities, Columbia University, USA

ISBN13: 9780333675090
ISBN: 0333675096
Published: July 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

'Democratic constitutional engineering is tricky, yet consequential, nowadays more than ever. I can hardly think of a better proof of this double assertion than the one provided by the latest book by Giovanni Sartori, possibly the most astute and passionate student of constitutional engineering...Mine in an invitation to read the book, indeed to unwrap and savor it. Rarely has constitutional engineering been more salient to the future of expanding democracy' - G.Di Palma, The Review of Politics A path-breaking, highly innovative comparative study in state building by a major political scientist, Comparative Constitutional Engineering examines in detail the various forms of democratic government in their merits, failures and attendant problems. This work is highly innovative on three counts: first, it takes structures seriously; second, it perceives structures as systems of rewards and deprivations, arguing that their working is a function of incentives; third, it relies heavily on condition analysis, i.e. on the specification of the conditions under which a structural arrangement performs, or vice-versa cannot perform, as intended.

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Constitutional and Administrative Law
Preface - Foreword to the Second Edition - PART 1: ELECTORAL SYSTEMS - Majoritarian and Proportional Systems - Who Gets Elected? - The Importance of Electoral Systems - Choosing an Electoral System - PART 2: PRESIDENTIALISM AND PARLIAMENTARIANISM - Presidentialism - Parliamentary Systems - Semi-Presidentialism - PART 3: ISSUES AND PROPOSALS - The Difficulty of Politics - Alternating Presidentialism: A Proposal - The Paradox of Governing by Legislating - Problems with Presidential Systems - Problems with Parliamentary Systems - Constitutional Engineering - Bibliography - Index