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The constitutional foundations of government

Eccleston, RG 2009 , 'The constitutional foundations of government', in Politics for business students: a comparative introduction , Pearson Education Australia, Sydney.

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In 1992, American political scientist Frances Fukuyama proclaimed ‘the end of
history’, because with the collapse of communism, Western-style liberal
democracy was the only credible form of political organisation (Fukuyama 1992).
While many people disagree with the ‘end of history’ argument, Fukuyama is right
that in the early 21st century nearly every country claims to have some form of
democracy. Even China, with its strong communist traditions, is embracing market
capitalism and forms of democratic participation (He 1996). Despite this strong
trend towards democratic systems of government, it is important to remember that
even in the present era of globalisation, significant variations in national political
systems remain. In short, the rules of the political game vary from country to
country because of a host of historical, cultural and economic reasons. The
Constitution of a country represents the foundation of its political and legal
system and so represents the logical starting point of our examination of different
political systems and their implications for business.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Eccleston, RG
Publisher: Pearson Education Australia
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