Disaffected Democracies: What's Troubling the Trilateral Countries?
  • Disaffected Democracies: What's Troubling the Trilateral Countries?
  • Disaffected Democracies: What's Troubling the Trilateral Countries?
  • Disaffected Democracies: What's Troubling the Trilateral Countries?
ISBN: 0691049246
EAN13: 9780691049243
Language: English
Release Date: May 28, 2000
Pages: 360
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 8.98" L x 6.14" W
Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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It is a notable irony that as democracy replaces other forms of governing throughout the world, citizens of the most established and prosperous democracies (the United States and Canada, Western European nations, and Japan) increasingly report dissatisfaction and frustration with their governments. Here, some of the most influential political scientists at work today examine why this is so in a volume unique in both its publication of original data and its conclusion that low public confidence in democratic leaders and institutions is a function of actual performance, changing expectations, and the role of information.

The culmination of research projects directed by Robert Putnam through the Trilateral Commission and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, these papers present new data that allow more direct comparisons across national borders and more detailed pictures of trends within countries than previously possible. They show that citizen disaffection in the Trilateral democracies is not the result of frayed social fabric, economic insecurity, the end of the Cold War, or public cynicism. Rather, the contributors conclude, the trouble lies with governments and politics themselves. The sources of the problem include governments' diminished capacity to act in an interdependent world and a decline in institutional performance, in combination with new public Read More chevron_right

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