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Comparative Government

Dragoljub Popović, Attorney-at-Law and Ordinary Professor of Law, School of Law, Union University, Belgrade, Serbia and former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Concise and clear in expression, Comparative Government covers contemporary systems of government, as well as relics of the past, in an excellent introduction to the profound study of comparative constitutional law. Dragoljub Popović has undertaken this task to display the subject in its current stage of development, concentrating on several focal points.
Extent: c 320 pp
Hardback Price: $140.00 Web: $126.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78990 074 3
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  • Law - Academic
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Constitutions
Concise and clear in expression, Comparative Government covers contemporary systems of government, as well as relics of the past, in an excellent introduction to the profound study of comparative constitutional law. Dragoljub Popović has undertaken this task to display the subject in its current stage of development, concentrating on several focal points.

Based on research of their characteristic features, decision-making mechanisms and lines of evolution, the author explores parliamentary, presidential, semi-presidential, power sharing and the supra-national level forms of government in an entertaining narrative and provides tools for the reader to classify and understand governments worldwide.

Comparative Government will prove essential, for its comprehensive yet concise scope, to students of law, political sciences and international relations, as well as academics in the same areas, civil servants, diplomats, legislation drafters, policy makers and practicing lawyers.
‘This is an excellent comparison of different systems of government and their dynamic in the global perspective. Popovic, a distinguished scholar and retired European judge, combines both the competence in the theory of government and the knowledge of its practical operation. His book is focused on the institutional constitutional law organized into five principal models. What makes it particularly attractive is the attention given to the role of the judiciary in political process as well as the interest for the emerging systems (China) and systems escaping general classification (the Balkans). In brief, this is a modern and intellectually inspiring presentation of a very important topic.’
– Lech Garlicki, Professor of Law and retired Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and of the Constitutional Court of Poland

‘In a fast and ever-changing world, Professor Popović’s book provides a refreshing and innovative perspective on a classical subject. In its study of comparative government it takes into account not only legal-constitutional elements, but also takes a functional and contextual approach, including the history and evolution of each specific system. As a result, in addition to a clear exposition of the traditionally accepted types of government (parliamentary, presidential, directorial) Professor Popović offers an illuminating analysis of new types and cases, such as the “government by consensus” or the singular case of the Popular Republic of China. This method also clarifies the role of inter- and supra-national organizations and agencies in the functioning of the national governments.’
– Luis López Guerra, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights
Contents: Preface Author’s foreword to this edition Introduction 1. General Approach 2. RISE OF Parliamentary Government 3. Contemporary Parlimentary Government 4. Presidential Government 5. Semi-Presidential Government 6. Directorial Government 7. Power Sharing Government 8. Forms of Government Defying Classification 9. Beyond the Nation-State Epilogue Bibliography Index