Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches and Issues

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"Systematic, coherent, and user-friendly, this decidedly nontraditional introduction to comparative politics is designed to teach students how to think comparatively and theoretically about the world they live in." "The core of the book is organized around a set of critical questions - why are poor countries poor? why is East Asia rich? what makes a democracy? what makes a terrorist? what makes a social movement? - each the topic of a full chapter. These issue chapters are based on the solid methodological and theoretical foundation laid out in
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Overview

"Systematic, coherent, and user-friendly, this decidedly nontraditional introduction to comparative politics is designed to teach students how to think comparatively and theoretically about the world they live in." "The core of the book is organized around a set of critical questions - why are poor countries poor? why is East Asia rich? what makes a democracy? what makes a terrorist? what makes a social movement? - each the topic of a full chapter. These issue chapters are based on the solid methodological and theoretical foundation laid out in the first part of the book. Graphics and definition boxes enhance the text." Doing Comparative Politics will stimulate students to critically engage with both the content and the methods of the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588263209
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : doing comparative politics 3
2 Comparing to learn, learning to compare : an introduction to comparative methods 31
3 Thinking theoretically in comparative politics : an introduction 65
4 Why are poor countries poor? : explaining economic underdevelopment 97
5 Why is East Asia rich? : explaining capitalist development in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan 125
6 What makes a democracy? : explaining democratic transition and the breakdown of authoritarian rule 157
7 What makes a terrorist? : explaining political violence 203
8 What makes a social movement? : understanding the rise and success of social movements 233
9 Globalization and the study of comparative politics 265
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