The Essentials of Comparative Politics family—including a core textbook, reader, and casebook of country studies—is the most comprehensive, flexible, and affordable package for introductory courses.
For this Second Edition, each book has been revised to best complement the others and updated to reflect recent developments.
This accessible introduction presents the core concepts that political scientists use to study and compare political systems, illustrating these concepts with concrete examples from specific political systems.
Patrick H. O’Neil is Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University. Professor O’Neil’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of authoritarianism and democratization. His past research focused on Eastern Europe, and his current research focuses on the Middle East, particularly Iran. His publications include the books Revolution From Within: The Hungarian Socialist Worker’s Party “Reform Circles” and the Collapse of Communism and Communicating Democracy: The Media and Political Transitions (editor).