This volume systematically examines how the basic constitutional
structure of governments affects what they can accomplish. At a
time when Americans are more and more disillusioned about
government's fundamental ability to reach solutions for domestic
problems, and when countries in the former Soviet block and around
the world are rewriting their constitutions, the relationship
between government and constitution is especially important.
Political economist Dennis Mueller illuminates the links between
the structure of democratic government and its outcomes by drawing
comparisons between the American system and other systems around
the world. Working from the "public choice" perspective in
political science, the book analyzes electoral rules, voting rules,
federalism, citizenship, and separation of powers, making it a
valuable resource for anyone curious about the world's political
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