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In some of the eighteen European democracies analysed in Berg-Schlosser and Mitchell (2000) the political institutions such as legislatures, executives and party systems, responded to — and contained — the economic crisis of the late 1920s and early 1930s; in others they failed. In either case the crisis of European democracies between 1919 and 1939 was also a crisis of institutions, most obviously where democratic institutions were replaced by non-democratic ones. But is there any general relationship between the structure of political institutions and the stability of democracy, where stability refers, minimally, to the survival of democratic institutions? And how are we to define political institutions?

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Mitchell, J. (2002). Political Institutions and Political Stability. In: Berg-Schlosser, D., Mitchell, J. (eds) Authoritarianism and Democracy in Europe, 1919–39. Advances in Political Science: An International Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781403914231_9

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