Institutional Design in New Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America

The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, January 1, 1997 | Go to article overview

Institutional Design in New Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America


Institutional Design in New Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America, edited by Arend Lijphart and Carlos H. Waisman. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1996. Pp. 265. $23.00 (softcover).

The Westview Press has published a series of books that attempt to broaden conceptual perspectives for the study of Latin America. This series resulted from a multi-year research group organized by the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of California at San Diego. It attempts to demonstrate the desirability of analyzing Latin America from a comparative perspective. The latest volume in the series, Institutional Design in New Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America, examines the relationship between the challenge of institutional design and the outcomes of the process of economic and political liberalization in Latin America and eastern Europe.

The first chapter, written by editors Lijphart and Waisman, analyzes transitions to open economies and towards liberal, democratic polities in eastern Europe and Latin America. This chapter also sets out the groundwork for later chapters and discusses why a comparison between Latin America and eastern Europe is appropriate. After the introductory chapter, the collection is broken into three sections-one on the design of electoral systems, one on the design of executive-legislative relations, and a final section on the design of market economies.

The second chapter, written by Barbara Geddes, concerns the initiation of new democratic institutions in eastern Europe and Latin America, and examines the supposed incompatibility between democracy and the eastern European reality. The third chapter, "Electoral Systems and Electoral Reform in Latin America," by Dieter Nohlen, attempts to reexamine the political systems, the electoral systems, and the state structures of Latin American democracies. Another chapter in this section, written by Stanislaw Gebethner, examines the debate between proportional representation and majoritarian systems in Poland from 1989 to 1991. The fifth and final chapter in the section, entitled "Electoral Engineering and Democratic Stability: The Legacy of Authoritarian Rule in Chile" and written by Peter Siavelis and Arturo Valenzuela, discusses the design, goals, and problems of the Chilean electoral system. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Institutional Design in New Democracies: Eastern Europe and Latin America
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.