In this deeply informed book world–renowned democratic theorist Adam Przeworski offers a warts–and–all analysis of elections and the ways in which they affect our lives. Elections, he argues, are inherently imperfect but they remain the least bad way of choosing our rulers. According to Przeworski, the greatest value of elections, by itself sufficient to cherish them, is that they process whatever conflicts may arise in society in a way that maintains relative liberty and peace. Whether they succeed in doing so in today′s turbulent political climate remains to be seen.
- Part I How Elections Work
- 1 The Idea of Electing Governments
- 2 Protecting Property
- 3 Jockeying for Partisan Advantage
- 4 Conclusion: What Is Inherent in Elections?
- Part II What Elections Achieve and What Not
- 5 Rationality
- 6 Representation, Accountability, and Control over Governments
- 7 Economic Performance
- 8 Economic and Social Equality
- 9 Civil Peace
- 10 Conclusions
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