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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies$
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Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Torbjörn Bergman

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019829784X.001.0001

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Challenges to Parliamentary Democracy

Challenges to Parliamentary Democracy

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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Kaare Strøm (Contributor Webpage)

Wolfgang C. Müller (Contributor Webpage)

Torbjörn Bergman (Contributor Webpage)

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In this chapter, we take a closer look at democratic accountability outcomes. The evidence strongly and broadly suggests that cohesive and competitive political parties and governments help reduce the risks of democratic delegation. Specifically, executive cohesion strongly and significantly reduces the risks of corruption and fiscal indiscipline. Party competition, on the other hand, reduces rent extraction and promotes general satisfaction with democracy. The rest of the chapter reviews the broader lessons of this study, with respect to parliamentary democracy, parliamentary governance, political institutions, and the gap between citizens and their political representatives.

Keywords:   accountability, corruption, Europeanization, executive cohesion, leisure shirking, party competition, policy coordination, policy divergence, rent extraction

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