Do Institutions Matter?

R. Kent Weaver

As a stunning tide of democratization sweeps across much of the world, countries must cope with increasing problems of economic development, political and social integration, and greater public demand of scarce resources. That ability to respond effectively to these issues depends largely on the institutional choices of each of these newly democratizing countries. With critics of national political institutions in the United States arguing that the American separation-of-powers system promotes ineffectiveness and policy deadlock, many question whether these countries should emulate American institutions or choose parliamentary institutions instead.The essays in this book fully examine whether parliamentary government is superior to the separation-of-powers system through a direct comparison of the two. In addressing specific policy areas—such as innovation and implementation of energy policies after the oil shocks of 1970, management of societal cleavages, setting of government priorities in budgeting, representation of diffuse interest in environmental policy, and management of defense forces—the authors define capabilities that allow governments to respond to policy problems. Do Institutions Matter? includes case studies that bear important evidence on when and how institutions influence government effectiveness. The authors discover a widespread variation among parliamentary systems both in institutional arrangements and in governmental capabilities, and find that many of the failings of policy performance commonly attributed to American political institutions are in fact widely shared among western industrial countries. Moreover, they show how American political institutions inhibit some government capabilities while enhancing others. Changing American institutions to improve some aspects of governmental performance could hurt other widely valued capabilities.The authors draw important guidelines for institutional reformers wh

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780815792550
  • Publication Date: Mar 1993
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Cold War Casualty

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780873384629
  • Publication Date: Mar 1993
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days

Modern Law

Alfred W. Blumrosen

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780299137342
  • Publication Date: Apr 1993
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Black Letter Outline on Sales and Leases of Goods

Alfred W. Meyer

Expert authors explain the law on sales and leases of goods. Provides extensive overview of UCC Article 2 and Article 2A. Text addresses commercial transactions, basic contract formation, leasing of goods, and the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

  • Imprint: West Academic Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780314010681
  • Publication Date: May 1993
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

The Fate of Law

Austin Sarat

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780472082391
  • Publication Date: Jun 1993
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Facts About the Ghetto Act (1946)

Y.M. Dadoo

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780869808894
  • Publication Date: Jun 1993
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days

Legal Transplants

Alan Watson

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780820315324
  • Publication Date: Jul 1993
  • Availability: Available: Usually despatched within 5 working days

The Warren Court in Historical and Political Perspective

Mark V. Tushnet

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813916651
  • Publication Date: Sep 1993
  • Availability: Temporarily out of stock: Usually despatched in 10-14 working days

Legislative Intent

Gerald C. MacCallum

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780299138608
  • Publication Date: Nov 1993
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Narrative, Authority and Law

Robin West

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780472103652
  • Publication Date: Nov 1993
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days

Public Values in Constitutional Law

Stephen E. Gottlieb

Critical examination of the concept of compelling government interests

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780472104345
  • Publication Date: Dec 1993
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Contemporary Cases in Women's Rights

Leslie Friedman Goldstein

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780299140342
  • Publication Date: Jan 1994
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Rethinking Evidence

William Twining

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780810111424
  • Publication Date: Feb 1994
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days

Americanization of the Common Law

William E. Nelson

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780820315874
  • Publication Date: Feb 1994
  • Availability: Available: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Rethinking Constitutional Law

Earl M. Maltz

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780700606535
  • Publication Date: Mar 1994
  • Availability: In stock: Usually despatched within 5 working days

The Treatise on Laws v. 2

Augustine Thompson

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813207865
  • Publication Date: Mar 1994
  • Availability: Available: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Constitutional History of the American Revolution v. 4; The Authority of Law

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780299139803
  • Publication Date: Mar 1994
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days

Juries and Judges Versus the Law

F.Thornton Miller

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780813914862
  • Publication Date: Apr 1994
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days

Courts, Politics and Culture in Israel

Martin Edelman

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780813915074
  • Publication Date: Apr 1994
  • Availability: Available: Usually despatched within 5 working days

Legal Modernism

David Luban

A critique and defense of modern legal theory

  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9780472103805
  • Publication Date: Jun 1994
  • Availability: Special order: Usually despatched within 10-14 working days