Institutional Change in Advanced European Democracies: An exploratory assessment

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dc.contributor.author BEDOCK, Camille
dc.contributor.author MAIR, Peter
dc.contributor.author WILSON, Alex
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-02T12:18:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-02T12:18:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1028-3625
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/20817
dc.description.abstract Recent decades have seen a wave of institutional changes of the core democratic rules in advanced democracies. These changes include reforms of electoral systems; decentralization of power to subnational governments; the creation or enhancement of direct-democratic institutions; a rise in public subsidies to political parties; and shifts in the balance of power between executive and legislature. Nevertheless, political science has developed a limited understanding of what explains institutional change in democracies that are already consolidated. This is partly due to the lack of comparative data on the subject, with most studies of institutional change focusing on a single country, or on a single type of reform (e.g. electoral system change). Our paper seeks to bridge this gap by presenting the preliminary findings of an international research project that compared seven dimensions of institutional change in 18 consolidated European democracies between 1990 and 2008, producing a unique dataset whose content has been fully verified by national experts. This dataset provides the empirical basis for evaluating the type and extent of institutional change in consolidated European democracies, as well as developing hypotheses about the motivations and calculations behind these reforms. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI RSCAS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2012/11 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUDO - European Union Democracy Observatory en
dc.relation.uri http://www.eudo.eu en
dc.subject Institutional reforms en
dc.subject democratic disengagement en
dc.subject European democracies en
dc.title Institutional Change in Advanced European Democracies: An exploratory assessment en
dc.type Working Paper en


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