A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country by Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart,

By Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman

4 unusual students in political technological know-how examine American democracy from a comparative standpoint, exploring how the U.S. political process differs from that of thirty different democracies and what these adjustments eventually suggest for democratic functionality. This crucial textual content techniques the subsequent associations from a political engineering standpoint: constitutions, electoral structures, and political events, in addition to legislative, government, and judicial energy. The textual content appears to be like at democracies from worldwide over a two-decade timeframe. the result's not just a clean view of the much-discussed subject of yankee exceptionalism but in addition an leading edge method of comparative politics that treats the us as yet one case between many. a great textbook for either American and comparative politics classes.

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The story of communism in India also reveals that, despite maintaining a universal ideological perception, Marxism–Leninism is articulated differently in different parts of the globe presumably because of the different nature and texture of human exploitation in specific socio-economic contexts. Besides its class dynamics, exploitation in India has multiple axes around caste, religion, ethnicity, and regions. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to suggest that class identity is enmeshed in one’s caste, religious, ethnic, and regional location.

L. Vohra, the retired Tripura police chief, while reminiscing, makes this clearly evident: Tripura is considered the least corrupt state in the country as the top political leadership including the chief minister, who is a CPM [sic] leader, is honest. So much so that even today he deposits his government salary into the party funds from where he gets a meager allowance to run his kitchen. This political leadership also had the political will to take on the insurgents and then quickly implement development schemes in areas freed from insurgency.

This is evident in the outcome of the panchayat polls and election to TTAADC. People are not only zealous in taking part in the election, they also willingly participate in the planning for allocation of resources for particular projects that they feel will add to their well-being. Even in regard to the number of women involved in local government, the scene does not seem as gloomy as elsewhere in India. 21 On the whole, the electorate seems convinced that there is little discrepancy between the ideological goal that the parliamentary left seeks to achieve and its fulfillment when in governance.

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