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About Institutions, Mainly, but not Exclusively, Political  

Jean Blondel

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses the concept of institution by examining the components of an institution and the way in which institutionalization can increase or decrease. It considers the place ... More

Agricultural Futures: The Politics of Knowledge  

Ian Scoones

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Jan 2015
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Aug 2014
Global assessments have become central to international debates on a range of key policy issues. They attempt to combine “expert assessment” with processes of “stakeholder consultation” in ... More

Authoritarian Legislatures  

Paul Schuler and Edmund J. Malesky

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Jun 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter examines legislatures in authoritarian regimes. It first reviews the history of how scholars of authoritarianism have conceived institutions, along with the theoretical ... More

Bicameralism  

John Uhr

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article provides a review of the current research on bicameralism. It argues that there is no single model of bicameralism and no single explanatory theory. It shows that contemporary ... More

Broadcasting versus Narrowcasting: Do Mass Media Exist in the Twenty-First Century?  

Miriam J. Metzger

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Aug 2017
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Sep 2014
This chapter explores the question of the continuing relevance of “mass media” due to recent technological changes in the media landscape. The chapter traces the history of media content ... More

Candidate Selection: Implications and Challenges for Legislative Behaviour  

Reuven Y. Hazan

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Jun 2014
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Sep 2014
Before they can seek re-election, incumbent politicians must be reselected by their own party. Unless they decided not to seek re-election, the behavior of legislators in the legislature ... More

The Changing Architecture of the National Security State  

Andreas Busch

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Jun 2015
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Oct 2014
If nation states over the last decades have characteristically reduced the scope of their activities and delegated tasks to other actors, as research has shown, the area of the national ... More

Cinema and Television  

Stephen Gundle

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Nov 2015
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Feb 2016
Cinema and television have affected Italian politics in different ways. Despite the limited prominence of politics in cinema, with the exception of comedy, political parties have made use ... More

Committees  

Shane Martin

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Jun 2014
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Sep 2014
Legislative committees are internal subunits of the legislature comprised of legislators and enjoying certain delegated authority. As a common form of legislative organization, committees ... More

Comparative Executive–Legislative Relations  

Matthew Søberg Shugart

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article looks at comparative executive-legislative relations, beginning with early theoretical considerations and their modern application. It discusses the forms of constitutional ... More

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