Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World by Andrew ReynoldsDesigning Democracy in a Dangerous World by Andrew Reynolds

Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World

byAndrew Reynolds

Paperback | December 11, 2010

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Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World addresses a question at the heart of contemporary global politics: how does one craft democracy in fragile and divided states? In Iraq and Afghanistan, spiraling conflict was driven in large part by the mistakes of institutional design in the immediatepost-conflict period. The future hopes for peace and stability in those, and other cases, rest on a well designed political system which can bring legitimacy to elected leaders and offer reassurances to minorities. Designing Democracy fills gaps in knowledge in three ways. First, it develops a theoretical framework for assessing what type of democracy will best serve a nation. Second, it offers a behind the scenes look at the intricacies of democratic design in a number of focus cases. Third, the book pullstogether lessons for policymakers by surveying patterns of success and failure over the last forty years. Reynolds tests his framework by drawing on extensive quantitative and qualitative evidence, gathering data from 66 cases to analyze the relationship between democracy and stability and anation's demographic, socio-political, historical, and economic features, and previous levels of instability. To this mix are added institutional variables: electoral systems, decentralization, levels of executive inclusion, and executive type. For a qualitative focus the book draws on the author'sexperience as a constitutional adviser during the last fifteen years in democratizing nations such as South Africa, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Burma, Lebanon, Sudan, and Iraq.There are very few places in the world today where the majority of people do not desire some degree of choice, accountability over their leaders, and the rule of law. The key is to craft a democracy that is home grown and appropriate to a given society. By bringing new evidence and arguments to bearon the topic of promoting democracy, Designing Democracy contributes to both foreign policy and academic debates.Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published inassociation with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: The Comparative Politics Series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science,Philipps University, Marburg.
Andrew Reynolds is Chair of the Global Studies curriculum and Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received his M.A. from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design, and ...
Title:Designing Democracy in a Dangerous WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:December 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World2. Medicine and Constitutional Design3. Diagnosing what Ails a State4. From Diagnosis to Treatment5. Elections and Inclusion: Electoral Systems6. Legislatures and Inclusion: Marginalized Groups7. Governments and inclusion: Sharing Power8. Case Treatment Plans9. Conclusions: The Lessons of Designing DemocracyBibliography