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The Performance of DemocraciesPolitical Institutions and Public Policy$
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Edeltraud Roller

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286426.001.0001

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Level, Development, and Structure of the Effectiveness of Western Democracies

Level, Development, and Structure of the Effectiveness of Western Democracies

(p.139) 4 Level, Development, and Structure of the Effectiveness of Western Democracies
The Performance of Democracies

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This chapter presents an empirical analysis of the level, development, and structure of political effectiveness in twenty-one OECD countries between 1974 and 1995. There are three main results. First, regarding the level of effectiveness, the USA is, with the exception of economic policy, always among those countries with the worst performance record. Second, in terms of the development of political effectiveness, the general hypothesis that western democracies have been converging at a lower level of performance can not be confirmed. Third, the thesis of increasing incompatibility or increased tension between different policy goals finds no empirical confirmation.

Keywords:   democracy, effectiveness, domestic security policy, economic policy, social policy, environmental policy, trade off, policy patterns, sustainability, families of nations

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