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The Art of Comparative Politics / Edition 1
     

The Art of Comparative Politics / Edition 1

by Ruth Lane
 

ISBN-10: 0205260993

ISBN-13: 9780205260997

Pub. Date: 08/05/1996

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

This book provides a concise introduction to the compartive study of political systems. Analytical treatment of behavorism, state theory and new institutuinal research provides an understanding of of the current politcal field, while contrstucting a course to understand the events of the future. The focus is on conceptual issues and theorectical thinking. Individuals

Overview

This book provides a concise introduction to the compartive study of political systems. Analytical treatment of behavorism, state theory and new institutuinal research provides an understanding of of the current politcal field, while contrstucting a course to understand the events of the future. The focus is on conceptual issues and theorectical thinking. Individuals with an interest in compartative politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205260997
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/1996
Pages:
147
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Notes" and "References."

1. The Science and the Art of Comparative Politics.
The World of Comparative Politics.
Comparative Politics as Practice.
"Compared to What."
The Need for Basic Principles.
The "Social" Nature of Reality.
To What Extent is Behavior Institutionally Defined?
Institutional Alternatives and Change.
The Practice of Comparative Politics.
How to Get Started.
General Organization of the Book.
The Mixed Behavioral Revolution.
The Development Period.
Back to the State.
Bringing the Peasant In.
Postscript.

2. The Behavioral Revolution and Comparative Politics.
The Reaction to the Past.
The Actual Revolution.
Survey Research on an International Scale.
Going Beyond the Civics Textbooks.
The Response to the Civic Culture Study.
The Economic Theory of Democracy.
The Problem of Collective Choice.
The Disappearance of Rationality.
Political Man and Political Sociology.
Democracy and Stability.
Democracy and Mass Society.
Who Governs?
Executive Excitement.
Behavioral Lessons.
The Spokesman of the Revolution.
Behavioralism and Systems Theory.
Behavioralism and its "Creed."

3. Political Development, its Rise, Decline and Transformation.
Political Science in a Turkish Village.
Painless, Automatic Development.
Theory of "Developing" Nations.
The Search for Functions.
Political Development and Crisis Theory.
Criticism of Structural Functionalism.
Development and Political Order.
The Theories of Praetorianism.
Political Paths to Political Development.
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.
The Dynamics of Development.
Causal Paths to Political Outcomes.
The Importance of Coalition Structure.
The Dependency Argument.
Latin American Dependency Theorists.
The Internalization of Dependency.
The Modern World System.
Ocean Currents and Wars.
The "Reefs" of Structure.
The Challenge.

4. Comparative Politics Reconsiders the State.
The Return to the State.
The Effect of Foreign Capital in the Developing World.
The Interplay of Political-Economic Forces.
Revolutions and the Study of the State.
Beyond the Bourgeoisie.
The Application of Structural Method.
Structure and Decision.
The Bureaucratic Authoritarian State.
Departures from "Normal."
The Dynamics of Crisis.
Continuities in the Study of the State.
Political Cleavage Analysis.
State and Citizen Autonomy.
Post-modernism and the State.
Conclusion.

5. State and Society and the New Institutionalism.
Methods of Analytic Institutionalism.
Bringing the Peasant Village In.
Practical Value Systems.
The Role of the State.
Moral or Political Economy.
The Peasant as Classic Economic Man.
Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish...
Conversion and Rebellion.
From Peasants to States and Societies.
Strategies of Survival.
Why Societies Fail.
African Elite Politics and the Military.
Related Strategies.
The New Institutionalism in Political Analysis.
Institutions as Causes.
"Historical" Institutionalism.
Reason and Duty.
The Rational Choice Variant in the New Institutionalism.
Who Organizes What, How?
Institutional Design Principles.
The Institutional Model.

6. Theory and the Art of Comparative Politics.
Iron-Clad Theory in Political Science.
The Law of Oligarchy.
The Causal Model.
Empirical Observations.
Evaluating Theory.
Is There a Use for Large Fuzzy Theories?
Middle-Range Functional Theory.
Theory as a Guide to Inquiry.
The Political Economy Approach.
The Iconoclastic Function.
The Cultural Rationality Model.
Methods of Theory Building.
"Dumb" Theorizing.
The Logic of Implications.
Epilogue.

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