Collegial Democracy versus Personal Democracy: ‘We’ the People or ‘I’ the People?

Chen Friedberg, Gideon Rahat

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This book examines two patterns of democracy - collegial and personal - through a comprehensive comparison of political institutions. It develops a conceptual, theoretical, and methodological basis for differentiating collegial and personal democracies. Central institutions in democracy are classified according to their levels of personalism and collegialism, including political parties, candidate selection methods and electoral systems, legislature, and cabinets and governments. The book presents preliminary findings concerning the causes for this variance between the two democratic regime types. The book will be of key interest to students and scholars of democratic institutions, personalism and personalization, political parties and, more broadly, democracy.

Original languageAmerican English
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages122
ISBN (Electronic)9781040003053
ISBN (Print)9781032396064
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024

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© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Chen Friedberg and Gideon Rahat; individual chapters, the contributors.


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