Comparative Politics: An Introduction / Edition 1

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"Politics is not just a game. It is the ultimate game" Comparative Politics takes a truly international approach to thestudy of different political systems. Using a clear analytical frameworkand focusing on three key concepts: democratisation, liberalisation andglobalisation, Comparative Politics explains how governments andpolitical establishments gain, exercise and maintain power. Case studies and examples of different types of government from around the world vividly illustratethe text. Not only liberal democracies, but authoritarian and military systems are considered, and the impact of new social movements, and their opposition to the centralisation of power is also explored. Key features: * Global perspective * Clear and distinctive analytical framework * Three themes: democratisation, liberalisation and globalisation * 12 case studies to illustrate key aspects * Brief analyses of 22 leading countries * Sample examination questions * Broad bibliography and suggestions for further reading *Supporting webside material - see p.vii Peter Calvert has been Professor of Comparative and International Politicsat the University of Southampton since 1984. He has more than forty yearsteaching experience at University level, is the author, co-author or editor of some thirty books and has since 1996 been co-editor of the journal Democratization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582438231
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Map
Pt. 1 Introduction 1
1 Why Politics: Why Comparative? 3
2 Democracy and Its Rivals 31
Pt. 2 Environment and Development 67
3 The Global Environment 69
4 The Social Sources of Power 93
5 The Economic Sources of Power 124
Pt. 3 Demands, Support and Decision-Making 149
6 How Demands are Presented 151
7 How Voters are Made to Choose 181
8 Inside the Black Box 216
Pt. 4 System Maintenance and Political Change 245
9 Maintaining the System 247
10 Force and Military Intervention 272
11 Violence and Political Change 297
Bibliography 321
Index 341
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