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By John McCormick

COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN TRANSITION, 6th variation, combines a thematic framework with a country-by-country method of supply a very considerate and powerful advent to Comparative Politics.

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We need to know how they function, how they relate to each other, from where they derive their authority, the limits that are placed on their powers, and the impact that citizens have on their work. Study Questions To these ends, this section describes the institutional “rules” of the political system and analyzes and explains the relationships among its elements. • Elections and parties. Government consists of a network of systems and processes, with leaders and citizens relating to each other in a large and complex series of games.

But this once again raises many questions: who should be represented, how should representatives be chosen, and how should representatives behave? 3 Because elections and elected officials are subject to many different pressures and influences, the views of voters are not equally reflected in the democratic process. This has prompted the development of many different theories about how democracy works in practice. For example: • Elite theory argues that most democracies are controlled by a ruling class.

Because most societies are too big to be run this way, they opt instead for a representative democracy, or a system in which citizens elect others to represent their views and interests when decisions are made on law and public policy. But this once again raises many questions: who should be represented, how should representatives be chosen, and how should representatives behave? 3 Because elections and elected officials are subject to many different pressures and influences, the views of voters are not equally reflected in the democratic process.

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