Two excellent resources for comparative political systems are Patterns of Democracy by Erend Lijphart and Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook that you can get free at https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/publications/electoral-system-design-the-new-international-idea-handbook.pdf
Comparative Political Systems
Check out a new book called How Democracies Die, 2018 by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. According to Penguin Random House’s website “Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America.” This might be a fun read for your winter break. Enjoy!
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What elements common to parliamentary systems, if any, do you think could be used to improve our system without changing it to a parliamentary system? How could such changes be justified in light of the fundamental principles and values of our system?
In 1776, George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, wrote That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. Three such principles relevant to the choice of an electoral system are, in ...Read the rest of this topic