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How America Compares

  • Rodney Tiffen
  • Anika Gauja
  • Brendon O'Connor
  • Ross Gittins
  • David Smith
Book

Part of the How the World Compares book series (HWC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 1-7
  3. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 9-28
  4. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 29-43
  5. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 45-54
  6. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 55-59
  7. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 61-73
  8. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 75-88
  9. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 89-100
  10. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 101-108
  11. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 109-116
  12. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 117-123
  13. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 125-135
  14. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 137-145
  15. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 147-156
  16. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 157-167
  17. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 169-180
  18. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 181-189
  19. Rodney Tiffen, Anika Gauja, Brendon O’Connor, Ross Gittins, David Smith
    Pages 191-192

About this book

Introduction

This book is a reference work with an encyclopedic range, offering contemporary and systematic comparisons between the United States and 17 other economically advanced, stable liberal democracies, as well as some more global comparisons. It offers international data on as many aspects of social life as possible, from taxation to traffic accidents, homicide rates to health expenditure, and interest rates to internet usage. Wherever possible it offers not only the most recent available data but also trends over decades.
 
The discussion focuses on changes over time and comparisons between countries. Sometimes the contrasts are striking; sometimes the commonalities are more instructive. Often national political debates are conducted in a vacuum, and examining  comparative data  on policies, performance and prospects can give a better perspective. 

Keywords

comparative politics social indicators public policy economic performance social trends US politics liberal democracy economic trends comparative democratic performance exceptionalism national data national debate population and life expectancy work and the labor force inequality and social welfare international relations crime and social problems religion and social attitudes

Authors and affiliations

  • Rodney Tiffen
    • 1
  • Anika Gauja
    • 2
  • Brendon O'Connor
    • 3
  • Ross Gittins
    • 4
  • David Smith
    • 5
  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Sydney Morning HeraldSydneyAustralia
  5. 5.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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