Party mandates and democracy: Making, breaking, and keeping election pledges in twelve countries

Elin Naurin (Editor), Terry Royed, Robert Thomson (Editor)

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Abstract

When people discuss politics, they often mention the promises politicians make during election campaigns. Promises raise hopes that positive policy changes are possible, but people are generally skeptical of these promises.Party Mandates and Democracy reveals the extent to and conditions under which governments fulfill party promises during election campaigns. Contrary to conventional wisdom a majority of pledges—sometimes a large majority—are acted upon in most countries, most of the time. The fulfillment of parties’ election pledges is an essential part of the democratic process. This book is the first major, genuinely comparative study of promises across a broad range of countries and elections, including the United States, Canada, nine Western European countries, and Bulgaria. The book thus adds to the body of literature on the variety of outcomes stemming from alternative democratic institutions. “This is an important endeavor and contributes to our understanding of an important aspect of parties as organizations—the production and fulfillment of policy pledges. Combiningboth cross-national and case study analyses offers the reader both a more general understanding of these topics as well as a more specific understanding of the nuances of theindividual cases.” —Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh “This book presents the first comparative analysis of the fulfillment of election pledges across 12 countries inEurope and North America. It is the result of an ambitious and rigorous data collection effort and presents much needed data on the fulfillment of promises made by politiciansduring election campaigns. This book will be without doubtthe key reference and major data source for the study of pledge fulfillment in the future and deserves a place in any political science library.” —Heike Klüver, Humboldt University of Berlin “This very important book makes major contributions to a topic at the very heart of contemporary democracy: whether and under what circumstances parties keeptheir campaign promises. Original and rigorous analyses ofthe outcomes of 20,000 pledges, as well as explications in12 countries, take us a huge step forward.” —G. Bingham Powell, Jr. University of Rochester.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages368
ISBN (Electronic)9780472131211
ISBN (Print)978-0-472-13121-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Campaigns
  • Canada
  • Comparative party pledges project
  • Democracy
  • Do parties fulfill their election pledges
  • Election promises
  • Electoral pledges
  • Germany
  • Government capacity
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mandates
  • Netherlands
  • Policy-making
  • Political parties
  • Portugal
  • Program-to-policy-linkage
  • Representative
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • United Kindom
  • United States
  • US
  • A Comparative Analysis of Pledge Fulfillment

    Thomson, R., Naurin, E. & Royed, T., 2019, Party Mandates and Democracy: Making, Breaking, and Keeping Election Pledges in Twelve Countries. Naurin, E., Royed, T. & Thomson, R. (eds.). Ann Arbor MI USA: University of Michigan Press, p. 57-80 24 p. (New Comparative Politics).

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  • A Systematic Research Design for Studying the Fulfillment of Election Pledges

    Royed, T., Naurin, E. & Thomson, R., 2019, Party Mandates and Democracy: Making, Breaking, and Keeping Election Pledges in Twelve Countries. Naurin, E., Royed, T. & Thomson, R. (eds.). Ann Arbor MI USA: University of Michigan Press, p. 23-38 15 p. (New Comparative Politics).

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  • Ireland

    Thomson, R., Costello, R. & Love, E., 2019, Party Mandates and Democracy: Making, Breaking, and Keeping Election Pledges in Twelve Countries. Naurin, E., Royed, T. & Thomson, R. (eds.). Ann Arbor MI USA: University of Michigan Press, p. 189-204 16 p. (New Comparative Politics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

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