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By José María Maravall, Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca

This publication contributes to debates in optimistic democratic conception approximately responsibility and illustration. It bridges the distance among formal types and theoretically susceptible empirical analyses. The chapters remain on the subject of the result of the formal literature, yet they supply a extra practical description of the way the democratic keep an eye on of governments operates. The e-book stories the various hindrances that voters face to carry governments responsible: (1) electorate mix judgments of earlier functionality with different issues - akin to ideological or ethnic standards; (2) events in place of work may perhaps restrict the knowledge of citizens; and (3) associations bias the workout of responsibility.

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17 15:41 P1: ICD 9780521884105c01 CUFX184/Maravall 978 0 521 88410 5 Printer: cupusbw October 25, 2007 Belen ´ Barreiro accountable when voters sanction them for their actions, making the probability of survival in office depend on their performance (Przeworski, Stokes, and Manin 1999). We know that changes in government are not necessarily due to elections, but a fall in votes for the incumbent may easily produce its removal from cabinet. When incumbents lose or win votes for their outcomes, citizens are being sensitive to government performance.

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