Comparative politics

Write a memo about this prompt:

“Do you think that it is possible for political scientists to accurately predict what the effects of constitutional reforms will be for specific countries? Or are the effects of constitutional systems so contingent on other social, political, and economic factors, such that we cannot draw firm inferences? “

based on those readings :

Lijphart, Arend. 2012. Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries (New Haven: Yale UP). Chapters 7, 8 and 10 (the chapters cover executive-legislative relations, electoral systems, and federalism respectively)
Tsebelis, George. 1995. “Decision Making in Political Systems: Veto Players in Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, Multicameralism, and Multipartism.” British Journal of Political Science 25(3): 289–325.
Persson, Torsten, and Guido Tabellini. 2005. The Economic Effects of Constitutions. MIT Press, 2005. Chapters 1 and 9. Skim the empirical chapters. o Online copy available here:… The_Economic_Effects_of_Constitutions_What_Do_the_Data_Say/links/542a 7d720cf29bbc1267a0df.pdf
Cheibub, José Antonio, Elkins Zachary & Ginsburg, Tom. 2014. “Beyond Presidentialism and Parliamentarism.” British Journal of Political Science 44 (3): 515-544.

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