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Introducing Comparative Politics
Concepts and Cases in Context

Fourth Edition
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February 2017 | 760 pages | CQ Press
Organized thematically around important questions in comparative politics, Introducing Comparative Politics, Fourth Edition integrates a set of extended case studies of 11 core countries into the narrative. Serving as touchstones, the cases are set in chapters where they make the most sense topically—not separated from theory or in a separate volume—and vividly illustrate issues in cross-national context. The book’s organization allows instructors flexibility and gives students a more accurate sense of comparative study.

In this edition, a new chapter on Contentious Politics ties together content on ethnic fragmentation, social movements, civil war, and revolutions, and adds significant new material from the growing literature on political violence. New case studies on this topic include the Occupy and Tea Party movements in the US; the Zapatista rebellion in Mexico; Boko Haram in Nigeria; and revolutions in China and Iran. Chapter 4 on States and Identity has been substantially revised to better introduce students to the concept of identity and how countries handle identity-based demands. Case studies include nationalism in Germany; ethnicity in Nigeria; religion in India; race in the US; gender in Iran; and sexual orientation in Brazil. Content on states and markets, political economy, globalization, and development has all been consolidated into a revamped Part III of the book, which focuses in a sustained way on economic issues. Chapters cover the Political Economy of Wealth, Political Economy of Development, and Public Policies When Markets Fail.
 
World Map
 
Regional and Country Coverage
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
PART I A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING COMPARATIVE POLITICS
 
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION
The Big Issues  
Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?  
Three Key Questions in Comparative Politics  
Plan of the Book  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 2. THE MODERN STATE
Characteristics of the Modern State  
Historical Origins of Modern States  
Strong, Weak, and Failed States  
Case Studies of State Formation  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 3. STATES, CITIZENS, AND REGIMES
Citizens and Civil Society  
Regimes, Ideologies, and Citizens  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 4. STATES AND IDENTITY
Understanding Identity  
The Policy Debate  
Nations and Nationalism  
Ethnicity  
Race  
Religion: Recognition, Autonomy, and the Secular State  
Gender and Sexual Orientation: The Continuing Struggle for Recognition, Social Status, and Representation  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
PART II POLITICAL SYSTEMS AND HOW THEY WORK
 
CHAPTER 5. GOVERNING INSTITUTIONS IN DEMOCRACIES
Executives and Legislatures  
Comparing Executive-Legislative Institutions  
Judiciary  
Bureaucracy  
Federalism  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 6. INSTITUTIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION IN DEMOCRACIES
The Electoral System  
Formal Institutions: Political Parties and Party Systems  
Civil Society  
Case Studies in Participation and Representation  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 7. CONTENTIOUS POLITICS: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, POLITICAL VIOLENCE, AND REVOLUTION
Framing Contentious Politics  
Political Violence  
Revolution  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 8. AUTHORITARIAN INSTITUTIONS
Authoritarian Rule around the World  
Governing Institutions in Authoritarian Regimes  
Elections, Parties, and Civil Society in Authoritarian Regimes  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 9. REGIME CHANGE
The Military in Politics: Coups d’État  
Revolution  
Democratization  
Transitions to Democracy  
Explaining Democratization, Consolidation, and Breakdown  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
PART III POLITICAL ECONOMY AND POLICY
 
CHAPTER 10. POLITICAL ECONOMY OF WEALTH
The Market, Capitalism, and the State  
Key Economic Debates  
Types of Capitalist Economies  
Globalization: A New World Order, or Déjà Vu All Over Again?  
States and Markets around the World  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 11. POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT
What Is “Development”?  
Development and Globalization  
The Development Debate  
Case Studies in Development  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
CHAPTER 12. PUBLIC POLICIES WHEN MARKETS FAIL: WELFARE, HEALTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
“Welfare”: Social Policy in Comparative Perspective  
Health Care and Health Policy  
Environmental Problems and Policy  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Works Cited  
Resources for Further Study  
Web Resources  
 
Glossary
 
Index

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Introducing Comparative Politics provides a solid introduction to the key concepts and themes of Comparative Politics for undergraduate students.  The book successfully resolves the decades long question of whether to teach concepts or countries by integrating concise case study material within chapters focused on concepts and themes.  This approach allows students to grasp key understandings of comparative politics, develop a lexicon of terms and concepts, and then apply the concepts using the comparative method.  Therefore, Orvis & Drogus impart to students not only a better understanding of our world; they also train them on using a valuable skill—thinking like a Comparativist.”

Neal G. Jesse
Bowling Green State University

Introducing Comparative Politics is the perfect text for introducing college students to the language and methods of comparative politics. The country specific case studies are the perfect length for illustrating the concepts and themes, and rather than overwhelm students with extensive histories of countries' political development, the cases provide rich and relevant vignettes about foreign people and places in ways that are meaningful and inspiring to students of all levels. The material is accessible to students new to political analysis, yet sophisticated enough to engage more advanced students eager to deepen their knowledge about the global political landscape.”  

Carolyn J. Craig
University of Oregon
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A brand new chapter on Contentious Politics ties together content on ethnic fragmentation, social movements, civil war, and revolutions, and adds significant new material from the growing literature on political violence. Case studies include:
    • the Occupy and Tea Party movements in the US;
    • Zapatista rebellion in Mexico;
    • Boko Haram in Nigeria; and
    • revolutions in China and Iran.
  • Chapters 4 and 12 have been combined into a new chapter 4 that covers all aspects of identity politics: both their origins and policy questions, and includes nationalism, ethnicity, race, religion, and gender/sexuality. Case studies include:
    • nationalism in Germany;
    • ethnicity in Nigeria;
    • religion in India;
    • race in the US;
    • gender in Iran; and
    • sexual orientation in Brazil.
  • All contemporary case studies have been updated, including:
    • the immigration crisis and Brexit in EU;
    • rise of right-wing parties in Germany;
    • opposition electoral victory in Nigeria;
    • scandal and government collapse in Brazil; and
    • the latest elections in all countries.
  • Chapters 5 and 10 on political economy have been reorganized and moved to now be chapter 10 (on political economy of wealthy countries) and chapter 11 (on political economy of developing countries). Chapter 12 (formerly chapter 11) continues to focus on public policies when markets fail. Together the three chapters form a new Part III that is more clearly focused on economic issues.
  • Material on authoritarian regimes in Chapter 3 has been reorganized to include personalist regimes as a separate category from modernizing authoritarian.  The author also includes electoral authoritarian as a distinct category, and throughout the book the term electoral authoritarian replaces semi-authoritarian.
  • Notably reorganized and substantially updated presentations of authoritarian institutions (chapter 8), democratization (chapter 9), and revolution (causes in chapter 7 and outcomes in chapter 9).
  • Case Synopses at the start of each case study help improve student comprehension of the key points of the case.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Core country case studies include consistent coverage of Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, India, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • In Context fact boxes put case studies and data into regional context.
  • Critical Inquiry features in every chapter highlight methodological issues in comparative politics, providing a gateway for empirical study and analysis.
  • A Country and Concept table in each chapter displays key indicators for core countries to offer at-a-glance context and comparison.
  • New! Case Synopses now begin each of the case studies, improving student comprehension of the case.
  • More than a hundred full color tables, figures, and maps help students visualize comparative data and better understand concepts.
  • Chapter-opening key questions, a marginal glossary, as well as end-of-chapter lists for key terms, works cited, suggested reading, and web resources help students review, research, and study.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction


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