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?
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
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