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Veto Players: How Political Institutions Work

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Political scientists have long classified systems of government as parliamentary or presidential, two-party or multiparty, and so on. But such distinctions often fail to provide useful insights. For example, how are we to compare the United States, a presidential bicameral regime with two weak parties, to Denmark, a parliamentary unicameral regime with many strong parties?
Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 15th 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published 2002)
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Jun 29, 2011 M rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to M by: Ludvig
Very interesting theory. Didn't read past the introduction and the first chapter - gets quite repetitive from thereon. The main thesis is clearly presented in that first part anyway. Short summary: if there are more agents in the system with power to influence policy (to change the status quo), there is more likely to be policy stability (e.g. US with three branches of government). This method of analysis allows for comparison between different state structures (presidential, parliamentary, two- ...more
Aaron Crofut
One of those "why I found grad school to be a waste of my time and money" books. Just because you throw out a lot of math doesn't mean you told me anything I didn't know before. This books isn't wrong. It's just unnecessary. I had forgotten that I read this book until looking through a book list on Goodreads and recognized the cover.
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