Political Trade-Offs: Democracy and Governance in a Changing World

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Political Trade-Offs: Democracy and Governance in a Changing World


  • Todd Landman School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Hans-Joachim Lauth Chair of Comparative Politics and German Government, University of Wuerzburg, Germany


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Abstract:  The investigation of trade-offs in political science receives only limited attention, although many scholars acknowledge the importance of trade-offs across a variety of different areas. A systematic and comprehensive examination of the topic is missing. This thematic issue of Politics and Governance sheds light on this research deficit by providing a holistic but also an integrative view on trade-offs in the political realm for the first time. Researchers of trade-offs from different political areas present and discuss their findings, and promote a fruitful exchange, which overcomes the current isolation of the approaches. They consider the theoretical and methodological questions as well as the identification of empirical trade-offs. Furthermore, they provide insights into the possibility to balance trade-offs and strategies, which could help actors to find such compromises.

Keywords:  balancing trade-offs; constructed trade-offs; logical trade-offs; trade-offs

Published:   25 November 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v7i4.2642


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