Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure / Edition 2by Mark Irving Lichbach, Alan S. Zuckerman
Pub. Date: 02/28/2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure brings together leading political scientists to assess the research schools that direct scholarship in comparative politics. It examines rational choice theory, culturalist analysis, and structuralist approaches, by applying them to the study of electoral politics, social movements and revolutions, political economy and the state. The essays return analysis to basic questions concerning the development of theory and the nature of explanations. The contributors are established scholars and pioneers in the various sub-fields of comparative politics.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction: 1. Research traditions and theory in comparative politics: an introduction Mark Irving Lichbach, Alan S. Zuckerman; Part II. Research Traditions in Comparative Politics: 2. A model, a method, and a map: rational choice in comparative and historical analysis Margaret Levi; 3. Culture and identity in comparative political analysis Marc Howard Ross; 4. Structure and configuration in comparative politics Ira Katznelson; Part III. Theory Development in Comparative Politics: 5. Electoral behaviour and comparative politics Samuel H. Barnes; 6. Towards an integrated persepctive on social movements Doug McAdams, Sidney Tarrow, Charles Tilly; 7. The role of interests, institutions and ideals in the comparative political economy of the industrialized nations Peter A. Hall; 8. Studying the state Joel S. Migdal; Part IV. Conclusions: 9. Social theory and comparative politics Mark Irving Lichbach; 10. Reformulating explanation and advancing theory in comparative politics Alan S. Zuckerman.
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