Introduction: Public choice and comparative politics; M.J. Hinich, M.C. Munger. Voter's party preferences in multiparty systems and their coalition and spatial implications: Germany after unification; F.U. Pappi, G. Eckstein. Multiparty electoral competition in the Netherlands and Germany: A model based on multinomial probit; N. Schofield, A.D. Martin, K.M. Quinn, A.B. Whitford. Issue competition in the 1993 Norwegian national election; S.E. Macdonald, G. Rabinowitz, O. Listhaug. The dynamics of interest group evaluations of Congress; K.T. Poole, H. Rosenthal. British parties and spatial competition: Dimensions of party evaluation in the 1992 election; J.W. Endersby, S.E. Galatas. Retrospective and prospective voting in a one-party-dominant democracy: Taiwan's 1996 presidential election; J.F.-S. Hsleh, D. Lacy, E.M.S. Niou. Ideology and the construction of nationality: The Canadian elections of 1993; M.J. Hinich, M.C. Munger, S. de Marchi. The `revival of communism' or the effect of institutions? The 1993 Polish parliamentary elections; M.M. Kaminski, G. Lissowski, P. Swistak. A spatial analysis of candidate competition in dual member districts: The 1989 Chilean senatorial elections; J.K. Dow. Empirical evidence of paradoxes of voting in Dutch elections; A.M.A. van Deemen, N.P. Vergunst. The spatial character of Russia's new democracy; M. Myagkow, P. Ordeshook.
Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics presents a collection of papers analyzing the political systems of ten nations. It intends to provoke a conscious effort to compare, and investigate, the public choice of comparative politics.
There have been many publications by public choice scholars, and many more by researchers who are at least sympathetic to the public choice perspective, yet little of this work has been integrated into the main stream of comparative political science literature. This work, however, presents an empirically oriented study of the politics, bureaucratic organization, and regulated economies of particular nations in the canon of the comparativist. It therefore provides a public choice view at the level of nations, not of systems.
This compendium of work on comparative politics meets two criteria: In every case, a model of human behavior or institutional impact is specified;
Also in every case, this model is confronted with data appropriate for evaluating whether this model is useful for understanding politics in one or more nations.
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