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Contemporary Democracies

Participation, Stability, and Violence

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$42.00 • £31.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674166875

Publication: January 1984


294 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

37 tables


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Why do some democracies succeed while others fail? In seeking an answer to this classic problem, G. Bingham Powell, Jr., examines the record of voter participation, government stability, and violence in 29 democracies during the 1960s and 1970s. The core of the book and its most distinguishing feature is the treatment of the role of political parties in mobilizing citizens and containing violence.


  • 2000 George H. Hallett Award, Representation and Electoral Systems Section of the American Political Science Association
  • 1983 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, American Political Science Association
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