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The Performance of Democracies: Political Institutions and Public Policy

Edeltraud Roller


This book offers a description and explanation of the performance of western democracies. It addresses two main questions: Is the performance of western democracies in decline? Do institutions matter for political performance? It aims at a comprehensive stock-taking for twenty-one OECD countries by systematically examining all major domestic policy areas — domestic security policy, economic policy, social policy, and environmental policy — from 1974 to 1995. The quality of democracy is assessed at the level of the four policy areas, and at a general level encompassing all areas. The question o ... More

Keywords: performance, democracy, political institutions, domestic security policy, economic policy, social policy, environmental policy, effectiveness, globalization, veto players

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199286423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199286426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edeltraud Roller, author
Professor of Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
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