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Contemporary Democracies

Contemporary Democracies

Participation, Stability, and Violence

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.

ISBN 9780674166875

Publication date: 01/01/1984

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.


  • G. Bingham Powell’s new work clearly fits into the small group of important studies of the past generation that combine rigorous analysis of data from a number of societies and theoretical generalizations that have appeared in bits and pieces in studies of more limited scope. The result is impressive… We are treated to a mature piece of social science scholarship, one that represents the ‘state of the art’ in comparative political studies.



  • G. Bingham Powell, Jr., is Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester, and coauthor of Comparative Politics: System, Process, and Policy.

Book Details

  • 294 pages
  • 6 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press