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A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective

A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective

Speakers:

  • Arend Lijphart,
  • Matthew Shugart

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President Obama addresses Congress on September 9, 2009.
Photo credit: 
Lawrence Jackson; www.whitehouse.gov

Abstract

American democracy differs greatly from other democracies around the world.  But is the American way more or less efficacious than comparable democracies in Asia, Latin America, or Europe?  What if the United States had a prime minister instead of (or in additional to) a president, or if it had three or more parties in Congress instead of two?  Would there be more partisan animosity and legislative gridlock or less?  These are the kinds of questions that thinking about U.S. government in comparative perspective helps us to analyze.

 

Speakers

Arend Lijphart

Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Matthew Shugart

Professor of Political Science, University of California, Davis

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