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By Steven L. Taylor

4 distinct students in political technological know-how learn American democracy from a comparative perspective, exploring how the U.S. political procedure differs from that of thirty different democracies and what these changes eventually suggest for democratic functionality. This crucial textual content ways the subsequent associations from a political engineering perspective: constitutions, electoral structures, and political events, in addition to legislative, govt, and judicial strength. The textual content appears at democracies from worldwide over a two-decade time-frame. the result's not just a clean view of the much-discussed subject matter of yank exceptionalism but in addition an leading edge method of comparative politics that treats the USA as yet one case between many. an incredible textbook for either American and comparative politics courses.

Steven L. Taylor is professor and chair of political technological know-how, Troy college. Matthew S. Shugart is professor of political technological know-how, collage of California, Davis. Arend Lijphart is learn professor emeritus of political technological know-how, college of California, San Diego. Bernard Grofman is professor of political technology, college of California, Irvine.

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From his own experiences as a scientist he portrays examples of how people and politics can restrict information gathering and assessment, and hence what becomes defined and accepted as scientific fact. "The models are wrong because they make value assumptions which are wrong .. not only are the models wrong but they are precisely wrong" (p. 31). Ackoff was his student. It is the same argument put by Ackoff and Pourdehnad (2001, p. 199) many years later. "The righter we do the wrong thing, the wronger we become.

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