Democracy in the European Union: The Problem of Political Capacity

  • Peter A. Hall
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Zusammenfassung

Throughout a distinguished academic career, Manfred Schmidt (1996, 1999, 2002c, 2006) has always been concerned with the performance of democracies, which he sees as an eminently political matter, deeply conditioned by the quality of partisan political competition, but also dependent on the institutional structures superintending governance. His most famous works examine the effects of governmental structures on the extent to which party competition conditions public policies. By and large, he finds that partisan effects are more pronounced in majoritarian forms of democracy, thereby enhancing lines of accountability to the electorate, but that non-majoritarian forms have other advantages, for instance, for ensuring social cohesion and political stability (cf. Lijphart 1999; Armingeon 2002).

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  • Peter A. Hall
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  1. 1.CambridgeUSA

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