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Foundations of Comparative Politics
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Foundations of Comparative Politics

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September 2018 | 456 pages | CQ Press
Adapted from the groundbreaking bestseller, Principles of Comparative Politics, Third Edition!

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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Preface
 
About the Authors
 
PART I: What is Comparative Politics?
 
1: INTRODUCTION
Overview of the Book  
The Approach Taken in This Book  
Key Concepts  
 
2: WHAT IS SCIENCE?
What is Science?  
The Scientific Method  
An Introduction to Logic  
Myths About Science  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
3: WHAT IS POLITICS?
The Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (EVL) Theory of Politics  
What Happens in the EVL Theory?  
Insights from the EVL Theory  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
PART II: The Modern State: Democracy or Dictatorship?
 
4: THE ORIGINS OF THE MODERN STATE
What is a State?  
Syria: A Failed State  
How Unusual Is Syria?  
The Contractarian View of the State  
The Predatory View of the State  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
5: THE ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
Democracy in Historical Perspective  
Modernization Theory and Democracy  
A Variant of Modernization Theory  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
6: THE CULTURAL DETERMINANTS OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
Classical Cultural Arguments: Mill and Montesquieu  
Does Democracy Require a Civic Culture?  
Are Some Religions Incompatible with Democracy?  
Experiments and Culture  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
7: DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONS
Bottom-Up Transitions to Democracy  
Top-Down Transitions to Democracy  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
PART III: Varieties of Democracy and Dictatorship
 
8: VARIETIES OF DICTATORSHIP
A Common Typology of Authoritarian Regimes  
The Two Fundamental Problems of Authoritarian Rule  
Selectorate Theory  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
9: PROBLEMS WITH GROUP DECISION MAKING
Problems with Group Decision Making  
Arrow's Theorem  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
10: PARLIAMENTARY, PRESIDENTIAL, AND SEMI-PRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRACIES
Classifying Democracies  
Governments in Parliamentary Democracies  
Governments in Presidential Democracies  
Governments in Semi-Presidential Democracies  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
11: ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
Elections and Electoral Integrity  
Electoral Systems  
Legislative Electoral System Choice  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
12: SOCIAL CLEAVAGES AND PARTY SYSTEMS
Political Parties: What Are They, and What Do They Do?  
Party Systems  
Where Do Parties Come From?  
Types of Political Parties and Social Cleavages  
Number of Parties: Duverger's Theory  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
13: INSTITUTIONAL VETO PLAYERS
Federalism  
Bicameralism  
Constitutionalism  
Veto Players  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
PART IV: Varieties of Democracy and Political Outcomes
 
14: CONSEQUENCES OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
Majoritarian or Consensus Democracy?  
The Effect of Political Institutions on Fiscal Policy  
Electoral laws, Federalism, and Ethnic Conflict  
Presidentialism and Democratic Survival  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
 
References
 
Index

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  • The core material of Principles of Comparative Politics, Third Edition has been condensed by almost 40% into a briefer, more accessible format that not only resonates with students but also allows instructors to more easily cover all material in a single semester. 
  • Fourteen chapters have been updated and pared down to present only the most necessary information enhanced with plentiful visual features and connections to real-world examples.
  • The “What is Science?” chapter provides students with a foundational understanding of science and the scientific method so students can apply the lessons learned to survey the latest research in comparative politics and examine competing theoretical claims in later chapters. 
  • A focus on essential characteristics of regimes and institutions help students develop a deep understanding of the foundational principles of comparative politics.
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