A Model Democracy?

  • Richard Rose


America cannot claim to have invented the idea of government, but Americans can claim that they have invented many novel institutions of governance. With confidence born of continental isolation, Americans have come to assume that their institutions — the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court — are the prototype of what should be adopted elsewhere, once the world is made safe for democracy.


Central Government Prime Minister Chief Executive Foreign Affair Party System 
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    Lord Wright, in Liversidge v. Anderson (1941).Google Scholar
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© Richard Rose 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Rose
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

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