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Parliamentary Democracy

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ISBN13: 9780754622130
ISBN: 0754622134
Published: April 2003
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

With the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the legitimacy of one-party, and often one-person rule in other parts of the world has been fundamentally challenged. It appears that for the first time parliamentary democracy has become the universally accepted model to adopt or to be perfected. Newer democracies have started to build the institutions and capacity necessary to sustain democracy, while established democracies continue to refine their democracy, sometimes introducing full-scale reforms. This book examines whether elements of the perfect democracy can be identified and how democratic structures and practices can be improved.

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Democracy and good governance; to what extent should cultural values and national context determine democratic practice?; adapting democracy to national circumstances; free and fair elections; representation, political parties and direct democracy; ensuring parliamentarians are representive; improving the effectiveness of parliament; is there a correlation between democracy and development?; case studies - the United States, Europe, small Commonwealth states, large Commonwealth states; alternatives to multi-party democracy.