An expert on political institutions analyzes the patterns of democracy emerging in Eastern Europe by extending Lijphart's study of democratic patterns to 10 new democracies. Analyzing established democracies, Lijphart found that 10 variables capturing the type and functioning of institutions cluster on two clearly separate dimensions. Distribution of these variables is used to characterize the new democracies of Eastern Europe. The causes of institutional choice and the reasons institutions produce divergent effects are examined in the context of these Eastern European patterns. The results also challenge the use of certain measures of institutions without consideration of the party system.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Economics and Econometrics
- Political Science and International Relations