Comparative Politics in Transition / Edition 6

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A favorite of both instructors and students, Comparative Politics in Transition investigates comparative politics in ten fascinating case studies. Author John McCormick takes a unique approach, discarding the Cold War era "three worlds" taxonomy in order to classify case studies into "arenas" that reflect the contemporary political, economic, and social realities and values of different political systems. The result is a lively, timely, balanced book that pays appropriate attention to case studies from the non-Western world, where most of the world's people live, and to the characteristics that distinguish newly industrializing, less developed, Islamic, and marginal countries.
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"I like the approach. The author effectively lays out a structure for dealing with major concepts and themes as applied to the individual country case studies...His brief treatment of country history (political development) and attention given to political culture is especially appreciated. His treatment of major features of the political structure and processes is sufficiently to-the-point yet also adequately detailed...I appreciate pretty much all aspects of this text. I have used it a number of times previously in comparative government courses, and it is been quite well received by our American government students who have come to appreciate the value of a comparative approach."

"The strength of the book is its clear prose...The approach is solid; I like the case studies and the breakdown into different typologies (liberal democracies, etc.)."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495568520
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 630
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He was educated at Rhodes University (South Africa), the University of London, and Indiana University, and has been a visiting professor at Exeter University and the University of Sussex in Britain, and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He has lived in, traveled to, or undertaken research in nearly 40 countries in North and Central America, Europe, Southeast Africa, and Southeast Asia. Before completing his Ph.D. in political science, he worked in the public sector for two environmental interest groups and was a consultant for a number of specialized agencies of the United Nations, including FAO and the UN Environment Program. His teaching and research interests lie in comparative politics and public policy, with particular interests in environmental policy, British politics, and the politics of the European Union. His other publications include EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), EUROPEANISM (Oxford University Press, 2010), and CONTEMPORARY BRITAIN (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Liberal Democracies
Ch. 1 Britain 31
Ch. 2 Japan 75
Pt. 2 Communist and Post-Communist Countries
Ch. 3 Russia 129
Ch. 4 China 179
Pt. 3 Newly Industrializing Countries
Ch. 5 Mexico 235
Ch. 6 India 283
Pt. 4 Less Developed Countries
Ch. 7 Nigeria 343
Pt. 5 The Islamic World
Ch. 8 Egypt 401
Conclusions 447
Appendix 1 The United States 454
Appendix 2 Glossary 456
Appendix 3 Acronyms 463
Index 465
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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Very Informative

    Book is a little out of date but gives you a lot of good info. Explains everything very well. Thinking about buying the newest addition because I like it so much.

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