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Introducing Comparative Politics
The Essentials

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January 2020 | 424 pages | CQ Press
Introducing Comparative Politics: The Essentials is organized thematically around the essential questions in comparative politics—Who rules? What explains political behavior? Where and why? Adapted from the authors’ Introducing Comparative Politics, Fifth EditionThe Essentials version offers the same framework for understanding comparative politics in a briefer format. Stephen Orvis and Carol Ann Drogus introduce key comparative questions while providing equal strengths and weaknesses of commonly debated theories, structures, and beliefs that push students and generates in-class debate over key concepts used in the science of comparative politics. While detailed case studies can go in-depth on specific countries and political systems, Introducing Comparative Politics: The Essentials, distills its country material into paragraph-long examples woven seamlessly into the narrative of the text, increasing global awareness, current-event literacy, and critical-thinking skills.

 
World Map
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Part I A Framework for Understanding Comparative Politics
 
Chapter 1 Introduction
Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?

 
Three Key Questions in Comparative Politics

 
 
Chapter 2 The Modern State
Characteristics of the Modern State

 
Historical Origins of Modern States

 
Strong, Weak, and Failed States

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 3 States, Citizens, and Regimes
Citizens and Civil Society

 
Regimes, Ideologies, and Citizens

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 4 States and Identity
Understanding Identity

 
The Policy Debate

 
Nations, Nationalism, and Immigration

 
Ethnicity

 
Race

 
Social Class

 
Religion: Recognition, Autonomy, and the Secular State

 
Gender and Sexual Orientation: The Continuing Struggle for Recognition, Social Status, and Representation

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
 
Chapter 6 Institutions of Participation and Representation in Democracies
The Electoral System

 
Formal Institutions: Political Parties and Party Systems

 
Civil Society

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 7 Contentious Politics: Social Movements, Political Violence, and Revolution
Framing Contentious Politics

 
Political Violence

 
Revolution

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 8 Authoritarian Institutions
Trends in Authoritarian Rule

 
The Dictator’s Dilemma: Governing Authoritarian Regimes

 
Elections, Parties, and Legislatures

 
Clientelism and Civil Society

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 9 Regime Change
Trends in Regime Change

 
Regime Change: Transitions to Democracy

 
Regime Change: Transitions to Authoritarian Rule

 
Conclusion

 
 
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?

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 11 Political Economy of Development
What Is “Development”?

 
Development and Globalization

 
The Development Debate

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
 
Glossary
 
Index

Supplements

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“This text presents a well-structured overview of critical themes in comparative politics in a very relevant and engaging format, and at a price that our students can afford. [Introducing Comparative Politics: The Essentials is a] thematically strong comparative political overview that is affordable for students."

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 8: Authoritarian Institutions

Chapter 9: Regime Change


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