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By Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman
4 exotic students in political technological know-how examine American democracy from a comparative viewpoint, exploring how the U.S. political process differs from that of thirty different democracies and what these variations finally suggest for democratic functionality. This crucial textual content ways the subsequent associations from a political engineering perspective: constitutions, electoral structures, and political events, in addition to legislative, govt, and judicial energy. The textual content appears to be like at democracies from around the globe over a two-decade time-frame. the result's not just a clean view of the much-discussed topic of yank exceptionalism but additionally an leading edge method of comparative politics that treats the USA as yet one case between many. an awesome textbook for either American and comparative politics classes.
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Yet tremendous tensions persisted. Several years later, in 1840, it was reported that the border guards on the two sides were refusing to meet with one another to discuss coordination of patrols. 50 Throughout the 1840s, there was very little coordination and information exchange on bandits and illegal passage. Border guards on both sides tended to engage in disputes regarding quarantine and customs policy. While other sections of the boundary experimented with information exchanges and coordinated procedures to suppress banditry, border guards in this area were engaging in recriminations, accusing one another of illegally detaining people and unfairly taxing goods.
To answer this question, the chapter shifts the focus to the pinnacles of state administration. It traces the institutional history of the Ottoman-Greek land boundary from its inception in the 1830s to the 1880s. It examines border administration, territoriality, and dispute' escalation from the perspectives of both the Ottoman and Greek central states to demonstrate that the states initially managed their borders as broad zones. They devolved authority to the local level, overstaffed their borders to create employment, and triggered locally embedded forms of cooperation in order to prevent escalation of incidents.
These hypotheses are drawn both from existing historical analyses of OttomanGreek affairs and from general theories concerning interstate borders. The idea here is, to frame the case against rival explanations in order to avoid sketching an account based solely on confirming evidence. This maximizes use of Ottoman, Greek, and British consular documents. Rival Explanations A dominant approach to Ottoman-Greek relations treats the border as a tool of ethnic and nationalist claims (Dakin 1972; Veremis 1990).
A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective by Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman