Assembling articles by one of the foremost scholars in comparative politics, this volume covers the important works and ideas in the field from the last thirty years, most notably the nature of contemporary democracy and its prospects. It begins with a personal analysis of the intellectual, and often political, reasons why and how Stepan chose to engage in certain critical arguments over the last thirty years. Dividing into three sections, the volume then explores state and society, constructing polities, and varieties of democracies. It contains articles on civil society, political society, economic society, and a usable state and compares and contrasts the incentive systems and political practices of parliamentarianism, presidentialism, and semi-presidentialism.
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Alfred Stepan is Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University. In his career he has also been Gladstone Professor of Government at Oxford University, the first Rector of Central European University, and the Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science at Yale University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy.Review:
"At his best, Stepan widens our horizon of possibilities and challenges conventional wisdom. Stepan's boldness in tackling core assumptions and in assembling historical evidence from around the world serves to simulate a more thoughtful and informed debate. The most successful chapters are those in which the introduction of a range of historical examples generates a convincing and well-structured series of subtypes or pathways." -- Journal of Democracy
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