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Embedded and defective democracies
In the literature on democratization the mainstream of theoretical and empirical consolidology uses the dichotomy autocracy versus democracy. Democracy is generally conceived of as ‘electoralExpand
Performance Indicators for Water Supply Services: Third Edition
The IWA Performance Indicator System for water services is now recognized as a worldwide reference. Since it first appearance in 2000, the system has been widely quoted, adapted and used in a largeExpand
The Democracy Barometer: A New Instrument to Measure the Quality of Democracy and its Potential for Comparative Research
Measuring characteristics of democracy is not an easy task, but anyone who does empirical research on democracy needs good measures. In this article, we present the Democracy Barometer, a new measureExpand
Social Democracy in Power: The Capacity to Reform
1. Introduction 2. The Challenges of Social Democracy 3. Opportunity Structures: Actors, Institutions and Legacies 4. United Kingdom 5. Germany 6. France 7. The Netherlands 8. Sweden 9. Denmark 10.Expand
The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion. Edited by Brown. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
  • W. Merkel
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on Politics
  • 1 December 2012
“Predictions are risky, particularly if they look into the future.” That deep philosophical insight goes back to a Bavarian comedian of the last century. We can assume that neither Talcott ParsonsExpand
Is capitalism compatible with democracy?
Capitalism and democracy follow different logics: unequally distributed property rights on the one hand, equal civic and political rights on the other; profit-oriented trade within capitalism inExpand
The Quality of Democracy Democracy Barometer for Established Democracies
The ultimate goal of project 14 is the development of an analytical instrument able to assess the subtle differences in the quality of established democracies, more precisely OECD countries, whichExpand
Plausible Theory, Unexpected Results: The Rapid Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe
I 1990, when the system in Eastern Europe had only just begun to change, an essay appeared entitled »The Necessity and Impossibility of Simultaneous Economic and Political Reform.« Its author wasExpand