The effectiveness and capacity of survival of democratic regimes has been recently and widely questioned in the public and political debate. Both democratic institutions and political actors are increasingly confronted with rapid economic and societal transformations that, at least according to some observers and commentators, they not seem to be ready or equipped to manage effectively.

This book evaluates and challenges recent scholarly literature on the quality of democracy. It provides a critical assessment of the current state of the studies on the subject, identifying the key questions and discussing open issues, alternative approaches, problems and future developments. Bringing together some of the most prominent and distinguished scholars who have developed and discussed the topic of the quality of democracy during the last decade, it deals with a highly relevant topic in political science and extremely sensitive subject for our democratic societies.

This text will be of key interest to scholars of democracy and democratization and more broadly to comparative politics, electoral studies, political theory, power and comparative political institutions.

chapter |14 pages

The quality of democracy

Towards a new research agenda
ByLuca Tomini, Giulia Sandri

part I|36 pages

Concepts and methods

chapter 1|12 pages

Some critical thoughts on researching the quality of democracy

ByPhilippe C. Schmitter

chapter 2|22 pages

Aggregating a multi-dimensional concept

The quality of democracy 1
ByDirk Berg-Schlosser

part II|72 pages

Causality and the quality of democracy

chapter 3|19 pages

Accountability through stages of democratization

A causal explanation of quality of democracy
ByLuca Tomini

chapter 4|16 pages

Democratic quality and democratic survival 1

ByAníbal Pérez-Liñán, Noah Smith

chapter 5|16 pages

Economic crisis and democracy

How to analyse the impact of the former on the latter
ByLeonardo Morlino

chapter 6|19 pages

The cornerstone of quality of democracy

Electoral accountability in EU member states
ByStefano Rombi, Fulvio Venturino

part III|51 pages

Beyond the state

chapter 7|17 pages

Patterns of regional democracy

Government forms and performance in federal and decentralized West European countries
ByRégis Dandoy, Giulia Sandri, Lieven De Winter

chapter 8|32 pages

Protecting the rule of law and the state of democracy at the supranational level

Political dilemmas and institutional struggles in strengthening EU’s input, output and throughput legitimacy
ByRamona Coman