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The Political Economy of Governance

Institutions, Political Performance and Elections

  • Norman Schofield
  • Gonzalo Caballero

Part of the Studies in Political Economy book series (POEC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Institutions

  3. Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Lisa R. Anderson, Charles A. Holt, Katri K. Sieberg, Allison L. Oldham
      Pages 157-178
    3. Betul Demirkaya, Norman Schofield
      Pages 179-191
    4. María del Pino Ramos-Sosa, M. Socorro Puy
      Pages 231-249
    5. Jon X. Eguia, Francesco Giovannoni
      Pages 261-265
  4. Elections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Norman Schofield, Anna-Sophie Kurella
      Pages 293-311

About this book


​Understanding the governance of nations is a key challenge in contemporaneous political economy. This book provides new advances and the latest research in the field of political economy, dealing with the study of institutions, governance, democracy and elections. The volume focuses on issues such as the role of institutions and political governance in society, the working of democracy and the electoral performance in several case studies. The chapters involve cutting edge research on many different countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, and the Third World. The authors of the chapters are leading scholars in political economy from America, Europe and Asia.


Democracy Elections Governance Institutions Political Economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Norman Schofield
    • 1
  • Gonzalo Caballero
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceWashington University in Saint LouisSaint LouisUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of VigoVigoSpain

Bibliographic information


“This volume presents important work that challenges existing theories and evidence on institutions, democracy and elections. The chapters contribute to our understanding on the persistent effect of historical institutions on current institutions and on the decisions of different economic and political actors; on how governments are forced to induce changes in institutions and how these changes may take decades to materialize; on how popular demands induce government to make institutional changes that may not be welfare enhancing.” (Maria Gallego, Journal of Economic and Social Thought, Vol. 2 (4), December, 2015)