By Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart, Bernard Grofman
4 extraordinary students in political technology examine American democracy from a comparative standpoint, exploring how the U.S. political process differs from that of thirty different democracies and what these adjustments eventually suggest for democratic functionality. This crucial textual content methods the next associations from a political engineering perspective: constitutions, electoral structures, and political events, in addition to legislative, government, and judicial strength. The textual content seems at democracies from all over the world over a two-decade time-frame. the result's not just a clean view of the much-discussed subject matter of yank exceptionalism but in addition an leading edge method of comparative politics that treats the USA as yet one case between many. a fantastic textbook for either American and comparative politics classes.
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29 In Southern and Central provinces, local activists used "two things calculated to stir up the Ba-Ila [an ethnic group]: questions affecting land and hunting rights. 31 National-level African politicians also denounced the colonial government's wildlife policy. 34 By the time of the 1964 elections, political activists had led Zambians to believe that independence would give them the right to hunt without restriction. In the months that followed, however, wildlife policy did not change: The incentives generated by the political institutions of the First Republic and Kenneth Kaunda's preference for conservation conspired against such hopes.
84 But the three wildlife department officers who drafted the bill did not bequeath all of the most critical powers over wildlife to the minister. In the form originally presented to the National Assembly, the bill designated the director of the wildlife department - not the minister - as the highest authority regarding appeals related to license refusals, suspensions, or cancellations (Sec. 66,71); trophy dealers' permits (Sec. 98); the export of game meat or trophies, including ivory and rhino horn (Sec.
Thus, government jobs became a principal means to distribute political largesse after independence. 75 Although UNIP secured political support through its employment pol35 The National Politics of Wildlife Policy icies, the government's rapid expansion of the civil service also confronted significant obstacles, not the least of which was finding qualified personnel. 76 As late as February 1964, Zambians held only 38 of 848 administrative and professional positions. 77 The issue, then, was how UNIP could employ relatively unskilled citizens within government.