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Reforming Democracy: Institutional Engineering in Western Europe

Camille Bedock


When, why, and how are democratic institutions reformed? This is the broad question guiding this research, rooted in a context of declining political support in Western Europe. This book deals with the context, the motives, and the mechanisms explaining the incidence of institutional engineering in consolidated Western European democracies between 1990 and 2015. It is centred on the choice of elites to use—or not to use—institutional engineering as a response to the challenges they face. The book answers two key questions about institutional change. First, how much change to the core democrati ... More

Keywords: institutional change, democratic reforms, democracy, political institutions, Western Europe

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camille Bedock, author
FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher, the Centre d'étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL), Université libre de Bruxelles

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Part I Reforms of the Core Democratic Rules and Their Contextual Determinants

Part II The Mechanisms of Reform of the Core Democratic Rules