Principles of Comparative Politics
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Principles of Comparative Politics

Second Edition
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© 2013 | 928 pages | CQ Press
The groundbreaking first edition of Principles of Comparative Politics offered the most comprehensive and up-to-date view of the rich world of comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. Now, this thoroughly revised second edition offers students an even better guide to cross-national comparison and why it matters. The new edition retains its focus on the enduring questions with which scholars grapple, the issues about which consensus has started to emerge, and the tools comparativists use to get at the complex problems in the field. The book's outstanding pedagogy includes chapter opener overviews, bolded key terms and a marginal glossary, more than 250 tables and figures, numerous photos and maps, end of chapter problem sets, and new works cited and country-specific bibliographies.
 
PART ONE: WHAT IS COMPARATIVE POLITICS?
 
Introduction
 
What Is Science?
 
What Is Politics?
 
PART TWO: THE MODERN STATE: DEMOCRACY OR DICTATORSHIP?
 
The Origins of the Modern State
 
Democracy and Dictatorship: Conceptualization and Measurement
 
The Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
 
Cultural Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
 
Democratic Transitions
 
Democracy or Dictatorship: Does it make a Difference?
 
PART THREE: VARIETIES OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
 
Varieties of Dictatorship
 
Problems with Group Decision Making
 
Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies: Making and Breaking Governments
 
Elections and Electoral Systems
 
Social Cleavages and Party Systems
 
Institutional Veto Players
 
PART FOUR: VARIETIES OF DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL OUTCOMES
 
Consequences of Democratic Institutions

Supplements

This is our core textbook for our module on state and political institutions, as it provides a thorough and comprehensive look at the key issues in comparative politics.

Dr Dion Curry
Dept of Politics & Intl Relations, Swansea University
June 8, 2016

I have decided to recommend some parts of this book to my MA class in Comparative Method and will also use some parts of it as supplementary text for my 3rd year class in Democracy and Inequality. The text is clear and appropriate both for BA and MA students. It contains a number of themes that are relevant to a variety of courses ranging from comparative politics, comparative methods, to democratic institutions and democratic transitions.

Dr Sabina Avdagic
Politics & Contemporary European Stds, Sussex University
October 28, 2014

There are some misunderstandings about Latin American politics. Qualitative research in politics would be recommendable to deepen book's understanding about comparative politics.

Dr Maria Urbina
School of Politics & Int'l Relations, Nottingham University
January 14, 2014
Key features
New to this Edition
  • A new "Varieties of Dictatorship" chapter,as well as clearer headings signaling coverage of authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the text;
  • A delegation, or principal-agent, framework is introduced as a unifying framework for analyzing different types of democracy in the "Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies" chapter. A slightly modified classification scheme is also used for identifying these democracies.
  • A significant reorganizations of the "What is Science?" chapter so that there is greater emphasis on the scientific method and less focus on the ins and outs of Mill's methods;
  • An expanded program of maps to allow students to visualize the geographic distribution of various key institutions around the world;
  • New problems that help students to work through the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological material that is presented;
  • Timely analysis of developments in the Middle East as part of the "Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship," "Varieties of Dictatorships", and "Democratic Transitions" chapters;
  • Updates for current events, including coverage of late Bush and Obama era policies, conflict in Somalia, NATO intervention in Libya, and more.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapters 1 and 10


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ISBN: 9781608716791