Elections, Parties, Democracy: Conferring the Median Mandate

Hardcover | October 27, 2005

byMichael D. McDonald, Ian Budge

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This bold venture into political theory and comparative politics combines traditional concerns about democracy with modern analytical methods. It asks how contemporary democracies work, an essential stage in asking how they can be justified. An answer to both questions is found in the idea ofthe median mandate. The voter in the middle - the voice of the majority - empowers the centre party in parliament to translate his or her preferences into public policy. The median mandate provides a unified theory of democracy - pluralist, consensus, majoritarian, liberal, and populist - byreplacing each qualified 'vision' with an integrated account of how representative institutions work. The unified theory is put to the test with comprehensive cross-national evidence covering 21 democracies from 1950 through to 1995. This exciting book will be of interest to specialists and general readers alike, representing as it does a reaffirmation of traditional democratic practice in an uncertain and threatening world.Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science, International University, Bremen,Germany; and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Southampton. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.

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This bold venture into political theory and comparative politics combines traditional concerns about democracy with modern analytical methods. It asks how contemporary democracies work, an essential stage in asking how they can be justified. An answer to both questions is found in the idea ofthe median mandate. The voter in the middle ...

Michael D. McDonald is at Associate Professor of Political Science, Binghamton University. Ian Budge is at Professor of Government, University of Essex.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.82 inPublished:October 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199286728

ISBN - 13:9780199286720

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Part 1: The Mandate Process1. Choosing Governments or Identifying Preferences? The Role of Elections in Democracy2. Mandate Theories: Government and Median3. Communicating Preferences: The Public Policy Space4. Research Questions for Comparative InvestigationPart 2: The Electoral Process5. Choices Parties Offer6. Mandates Without Obvious Majorities7. Representing the Meidan VoterPart 3: The Governing Process8. Who Controls Short-Term Policy Making?9. From Declared to Actual Policy: Short-Term Influences on Government PoliciesPart 4: The Democratic Process10. Long Term Policy Regimes: Incrementalism Put in Context11. Fluctuating Political Forces12. Politics and Policy Regimes: Setting a Long Term Equilibrium13. Unifying Theories of Democracy Through the Median Mandate