Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges

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This comprehensive text focuses on traditional issues and concepts in comparative politics, using a unique theme: domestic responses to global challenges. The author examines the growing interdependence among strong and weak states and discusses 12 countries, including the U.S. and the European community, to help students develop their skills of comparison, synthesis and interpretation, the author organized the text by economic development.
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Overview

This comprehensive text focuses on traditional issues and concepts in comparative politics, using a unique theme: domestic responses to global challenges. The author examines the growing interdependence among strong and weak states and discusses 12 countries, including the U.S. and the European community, to help students develop their skills of comparison, synthesis and interpretation, the author organized the text by economic development.
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"The most difficult aspect of teaching comparative politics is finding a way to briefly describe quite a few countries in a limited time-frame, but in a way that students remember the information. Hauss' book does a nice job of keeping the chapters a reasonable length, written in easy-to-understand language, and gives a nice variety of countries to choose from.... I like the organization of the chapters in Hauss. I also like that it has a chapter leading into each new section, so there is a chapter on industrialized countries, current and former communist countries, etc. It provides a sort of capstone chapter before we get into individual countries, so we can discuss larger patterns.... It is the best of the books I reviewed."

"One of the great problems with texts in the field of comparative government is that they are BORING! For my money, the Hauss text is the most readable work available in the field today. The author's writing style is appropriate for students taking their first course in comparative government and commands their interest."

"[The book's] greatest strengths are: 1. Its narrative is lively, written in an appropriate style for first time comparative government students. 2. The material contained in this work is accurate. 3. The material contained in this work is current and uses contemporary examples 4. The work is organized in a similar fashion to my course and contains all of the countries I examine in the course."

"COMPARATIVE POLITICS is a very broad field in terms of concepts, theories, expertise of countries and regions and field development. It is difficult to decide on a book especially at the introductory level to be simple and easy while covering most of the themes. Most will expect a very thick book and lengthy discussions. I found this book includes many simple and easy discussions of difficult topics that will be well received by students and instructors."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314012159
  • Publisher: West Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 550

Meet the Author


Charles "Chip" Hauss wears two professional hats. He is the author of books on conflict resolution, comparative politics, and international relations. In 2013, he became editor of a series of books on Peace and Security in the Twenty-First Century and will write its first volume, tentatively entitled Security 2.0. He is also Government Liaison at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA and PhD from The University of Michigan. Before joining the Alliance, he spent 17 years each teaching at Colby College, Reading University (UK), and George Mason University. Hauss has taught a variety of courses in comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies. As an academic and as an activist, his work has been held together by an interest in and commitment to large scale, nonviolent political and social change. He can be reached at chiphauss@gmail.com.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Comparative Politics: An Introduction to a Changing World 2
Ch. 2 Liberal Democracies 22
Ch. 3 The United States 46
Ch. 4 Great Britain 61
Ch. 5 France 96
Ch. 6 Germany 136
Ch. 7 The European Union 171
Ch. 8 Japan 190
Ch. 9 The Crisis of Communism 227
Ch. 10 Russia and the Former Soviet Union 250
Ch. 11 China 284
Ch. 12 The Less Developed Countries 319
Ch. 13 India 344
Ch. 14 Iraq 379
Ch. 15 Nigeria 416
Ch. 16 Mexico 449
Ch. 17 Global Challenges and Domestic Responses 486
Glossary 497
Endnotes 511
Name Index 515
Subject Index 519
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