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Austria: From Consensus to Competition and Participation?  

Franz Fallend

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
Austria is a democratic republic wherein constitutionally, state power is federalized into nine provinces and 357 municipalities which are organized as self-governing bodies. However, in ... More

Belgium: A Tale of Regional Divergence?  

Ellen Wayenberg, Filip De Rynck, Kristof Steyvers, and Jean‐Benoît Pilet

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
Under the surface of great unity, Belgium suffered from three cleavages that have divided the small nation. This article discusses the three cleavages that have influenced and affected the ... More

Big Business, Democracy, and the Politics of Competition  

Strom C. Thacker

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article addresses several questions on business-state relations in democratic Mexico. It addresses the contemporary nature of business-state relations in Mexico and appraises the ... More

Bulgaria: The Dawn of a New Era of Inclusive Subnational Democracy?  

Pavlina Nikolova

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article focuses on the state of Bulgaria. In a geographical area where continents, religions, and influences of power meet, Bulgaria has relied on the traditions of centralism and ... More

Canada: A Double Federation  

David E. Smith

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2010
Canada is one of the earliest modern federations in the world. Created in 1867 by an Act of Parliament in Westminster, it was the first parliamentary federation in the world. This article ... More

Changing Dimensions of National Elections in Mexico  

James A. McCann

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article studies the changing dimensions of the national elections in Mexico. It starts with a section on the arrival of competitive multiparty elections, where it discusses the ... More

Civil-Military Relations in Mexico: The Unfinished Transition  

Jordi Díez

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article examines the role the military has played in the modern political life of Mexico. This role is analyzed within the civic-military relations that were secured after the ... More

Comparative Local Governance  

Gerry Stoker

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses comparative local governance, and shows how the study of comparative local governance has taken on a ‘new’ institutional slant. It examines how the systems of ... More

Cyprus: Political Modernity and the Structures of Democracy in a Divided Island  

Andrekos Varnava and Christalla Yakinthou

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article discusses political and democratic development in Cyprus. Compared to the other nations discussed, Cyprus is a complicated case. The complicated nature of the Cyprus case is ... More

The Czech Republic: Local Government in the Years after the Reform  

Michal Illner

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
From 1620 to 1918, the Czech Kingdom was under Austrian rule and later the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. As such, it shared some of the features of the constitutional system of the Austrian ... More

Deliberative Democracy in East Asia: Japan and China  

Beibei Tang, Tetsuki Tamura, and Baogang He

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Sep 2018
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Oct 2018
Japan and China offer two interesting case studies of Asian “deliberative turn” and represent different potential paths to deliberative democracy in Asia. Japanese public deliberation ... More

Democracy from Independence to Revolution  

Jaime E. Rodríguez O.

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article aims to provide an understanding of the political culture in nineteenth-century Mexico. It first dismisses misperceptions with regards to the political system of the Spanish ... More

Democracy in the Newsroom: The Evolution of Journalism and the News Media  

Sallie Hughes

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article discusses the development of journalism and the news media, as well as their roles in governance, policy, and politics. It demonstrates how an ideal-type media system ... More

Denmark: Between Local Democracy and Implementing Agency of the Welfare State  

Jens Blom‐Hansen and Anne Heeager

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
The Danish local government balances between self-government and central control. On the one hand, Denmark has a tradition of strong local government and on the other hand, Denmark has a ... More

The Dinosaur That Evolved: Changes to the PRI's Gubernatorial Candidate Selection, 1980–2009  

Joy Langston

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article focuses on the Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI). It looks at how the PRI evolved from a vertical and hierarchical structure to one that manages its internal ... More

Domestic and National Security Challenges in Mexico  

David A. Shirk

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article studies the recent national and domestic security challenges of Mexico and the way the country's state security functions have changed over time. It discusses the shifting ... More

Drug Traffickers as Political Actors in Mexico's Nascent Democracy  

John Bailey

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article tries to assess the present state of the scholarly literature on the interactions between drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) and the emerging Mexican democracy. It shows ... More

Economy as Grand Guignol: The Postreform Era in Mexico  

William P. Glade

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Jan 2012
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May 2012
This article provides a glimpse into the narcotic industry in Mexico, which is slowly becoming an unstoppable major export industry. It studies the growth of the narco-industrial complex ... More

Estonia: Challenges and Lessons of the Development of Local Autonomy  

Georg Sootla and Kersten Kattai

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article focuses on the development of local autonomy in Estonia. Estonia emerged as a result of the collapse of the Russian empire in 1918. The emergence of Estonian democracy was ... More

Faith, Fame, and Fortune: Varieties of Nigerian Worship in Global Christianity  

Asonzeh Ukah

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Oct 2018
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Nov 2018
There are more Christians in Nigeria than in other African country, a demographic situation that has produced a variety of worship styles and communities. The most socially visible is the ... More

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