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Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda

Douglas Chalmers


Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutions—elections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their relations with chief executives—to do so. Expanding a traditional vision of the institutions of representative democracy, this book examines six aspects of political practice relating to the people being represented, the structure of those who make law and policy, and the links between those structures and the people. The book concludes with a discussion of where successful institutional ... More

Keywords: institutional reform, representative democracy, democracies, decision-making, information, deliberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162951
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Chalmers, author