Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure

Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure

by Mark Irving Lichbach, Alan S. Zuckerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521583691

ISBN-13: 9780521583695

Pub. Date: 11/01/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure examines the major research traditions in comparative politics, assessing knowledge, advancing theory, and in the end seeking to direct research in the coming years. It begins by examining the three research schools that guide comparative politics: rational choice theory, culturalist analysis, and…  See more details below

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Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure examines the major research traditions in comparative politics, assessing knowledge, advancing theory, and in the end seeking to direct research in the coming years. It begins by examining the three research schools that guide comparative politics: rational choice theory, culturalist analysis, and structuralist approaches. Margaret Levi, Marc Howard Ross, and Ira Katznelson offer briefs for each of the schools, presenting core principles, variations within each approach, and fresh combinations. A second set of authors then applies the research traditions to established fields of scholarship. Samuel H. Barnes examines work on mass politics, Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly synthesize studies of social movements and revolutions, Peter A. Hall contrasts new research on the political economy of established democracies, and Joel S. Migdal offers a new approach to studies of the state. The concluding section contains essays by Mark I. Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman, returning the focus to the theme of advanced theory in comparative politics. Lichbach offers a critical evaluation that draws on the schools' theoretical sources and Zuckerman calls for a reformulation of the standards for explanation in comparative politics as a way to advance theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521583695
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Series:
Studies in Comparative Politics
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgment

Contributors

Pt. I Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Research Traditions and Theory in Comparative Politics: An Introduction Mark I. Lichbach Lichbach, Mark I. Alan S. Zuckerman Zuckerman, Alan S. 3

Pt. II Research Traditions in Comparative Politics 17

Ch. 2 A Model, a Method, and a Map: Rational Choice in Comparative and Historical Analysis Margaret Levi Levi, Margaret 19

Ch. 3 Culture and Identity in Comparative Political Analysis Marc Howard Ross Ross, Marc Howard 42

Ch. 4 Structure and Configuration in Comparative Politics Ira Katznelson Katznelson, Ira 81

Pt. III Theory Development in Comparative Politics 113

Ch. 5 Electoral Behavior and Comparative Politics Samuel H. Barnes Barnes, Samuel H. 115

Ch. 6 Toward an Integrated Perspective on Social Movements and Revolution Doug McAdam McAdam, Doug Sidney Tarrow Tarrow, Sidney Charles Tilly Tilly, Charles 142

Ch. 7 The Role of Interests, Institutions, and Ideas in the Comparative Political Economy of the Industrialized Nations Peter A. Hall Hall, Peter A. 174

Ch. 8 Studying the State Joel S. Migdal Migdal, Joel S. 208

Pt. IV Social Theory and Explanations in Comparative Politics 237

Ch. 9 Social Theory and Comparative Politics Mark I. Lichbach Lichbach, Mark I. 239

Ch. 10 Reformulating Explanatory Standards and Advancing Theory in Comparative Politics Alan S. Zuckerman Zuckerman, Alan S. 277

Subject Index 311

Author Index 313

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