Foundations of Comparative Politics presents a scientific approach to the rich world of comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship, providing students a guide to cross-national comparison and why it matters to them. This condensed, more accessible format introduces students to the key questions in comparative politics, using brief insights from tools such as decision, social choice, and game theory to help them understand clearly why some explanations for political phenomena are stronger than others. Foundations concentrates on describing the core features of regimes and institutions and on analyzing how these fundamental attributes drive variation in the economic and political outcomes we care about most. This approach more closely replicates what comparative scholars do: constructing and testing theories on political phenomena over basic memorization of country-specific facts—to explain, rather than describe. Illustrated with current examples that show the application of theory, students gain invaluable real-world skills in critical thinking and empirical analysis that they will carry with them long after the course is over.
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|Overview of the Book|
|The Approach Taken in This Book|
|What is Science?|
|The Scientific Method|
|An Introduction to Logic|
|Myths About Science|
|The Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (EVL) Theory of Politics|
|What Happens in the EVL Theory?|
|Insights from the EVL Theory|
|What is a State?|
|Syria: A Failed State|
|How Unusual Is Syria?|
|The Contractarian View of the State|
|The Predatory View of the State|
|Democracy in Historical Perspective|
|Modernization Theory and Democracy|
|A Variant of Modernization Theory|
|Classical Cultural Arguments: Mill and Montesquieu|
|Does Democracy Require a Civic Culture?|
|Are Some Religions Incompatible with Democracy?|
|Experiments and Culture|
|Bottom-Up Transitions to Democracy|
|Top-Down Transitions to Democracy|
|A Common Typology of Authoritarian Regimes|
|The Two Fundamental Problems of Authoritarian Rule|
|Problems with Group Decision Making|
|Governments in Parliamentary Democracies|
|Governments in Presidential Democracies|
|Governments in Semi-Presidential Democracies|
|Elections and Electoral Integrity|
|Legislative Electoral System Choice|
|Political Parties: What Are They, and What Do They Do?|
|Where Do Parties Come From?|
|Types of Political Parties and Social Cleavages|
|Number of Parties: Duverger's Theory|
|Majoritarian or Consensus Democracy?|
|The Effect of Political Institutions on Fiscal Policy|
|Electoral laws, Federalism, and Ethnic Conflict|
|Presidentialism and Democratic Survival|
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