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Rich Democracies: Political Economy, Public Policy, and Performance

Harold Wilensky


This work, the culmination of 30 years of systematic, comprehensive comparison of 19 rich democracies, answers two basic questions: What is distinctly modern about modern societies—in what ways are they becoming alike? How do variations in types of political economy shape system performance? The text specifies similarities and differences in the structure and interplay of government, political parties, the mass media, industry, labor, professions, agriculture, churches, and voluntary associations. It then demonstrates how differences in bargaining arrangements among these groups lead to contra ... More

Keywords: rich democracies, modern societies, political economy, system performance, bargaining arrangements, modern governments, conflict resolution, information age, globalization, mass media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520231764
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231764.001.0001


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Harold Wilensky, author

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