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Political Institutions: Democracy and Social Choice

Josep M. Colomer


The more complex the political institutions, the more stable and socially efficient the outcomes will be. This book develops an extensive analysis of this relationship. The discussion is theoretical, historical, and comparative. Concepts, questions, and insights are based on social choice theory, while an empirical focus is cast on about 40 countries and a few international organizations from late medieval times to the present. Political institutions are conceived here as the formal rules of the game, especially with respect to the following issues: who can vote, how votes are counted, and wha ... More

Keywords: division of powers, electoral systems, federalism, institutions, median voter, parliamentarism, presidentialism, social choice, social utility, voting rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019924183X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josep M. Colomer, author
Higher Council of Scientific Research and the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
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