Introduction to Comparative Politics / Edition 5

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Overview


Written by a distinguished group of comparativists, this innovative and accessible introductory text surveys 12 key countries organized according to their level of political development: established democracies, transitional democracies, and non-democracies. The country studies illuminate four comparative themes in a global context: the world of states, examining the interaction of states within the international order; governing the economy, covering the role of the state in economic management; the democratic idea, discussing the pressure for more democracy and the challenges of democratization; and the politics of collective identities, studying the political impact of diverse attachments and sources of group identity.
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"To me, what makes this textbook unique is its well-chosen case studies. It provides a very balanced survey of different regime types, and different socioeconomic development levels. I also like the fact that it provides a very appropriate level of coverage of the political, social, and economic features of various countries."

"I love the leaders/profiles feature. They provide interesting bits of information about the leaders. Many students also find this section interesting."

"[What makes this book unique and distinctive is the]..notion of historical junctures and political themes. I really like this element with regard to this text. In addition, I like how the authors include a section about ways in which these political systems are in transition… "

"...this text takes a country-by-country approach in covering the topic of comparative politics, its consistency allows instructors and students to move between chapters and compare and contrast similar and dissimilar systems of government, which is the main purpose of comparative politics."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547216294
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 1,273,245
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Kesselman is Editor of the INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW and professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University. His research and teaching focuses on the political economy of advanced capitalism, with particular attention to French politics, the Left, and organized labor in Western Europe. He has published articles in the AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, COMPARATIVE POLITICS, WORLD POLITICS, POLITICS & SOCIETY, and elsewhere. He is author, co-author, or editor of THE FRENCH WORKERS' MOVEMENT: ECONOMIC CRISIS AND POLITICAL CHANGE (1984), EUROPEAN POLITICS IN TRANSITION (2009), and READINGS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS (2006).

Joel Krieger is Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and chair of the Department of Political Science. His publications include BRITISH POLITICS IN THE GLOBAL AGE: CAN SOCIAL DEMOCRACY SURVIVE? (Polity, 1999), and REAGAN, THATCHER, AND THE POLITICS OF DECLINE (Oxford University Press, 1986). He is editor-in-chief of THE OXFORD COMPANION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Bill Joseph is professor of political science at Wellesley College and an associate in research of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies East Asian Research at Harvard University. His major areas of academic interest are of research is contemporary Chinese politics and ideology, the political economy of development, and the Vietnam War. He is the editor of and a contributor to Politics in China: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Christopher S. Allen is an associate professor at the University of Georgia, where he teaches courses in comparative politics and political economy. He has held research fellowships at the Harvard Business School, Johns Hopkins University, and from the German Marshall Fund. He is the editor of THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE GERMAN POLITICAL PARTY SYSTEM (Berghahn, 1999), and is working on a study of democratic representation in parliamentary and presidential systems.

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Table of Contents


I. Introduction 1. Introducing Comparative Politics (Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, and William Joseph) 1. The Global Challenge of Comparative Politics 2. What--and How--Comparative Politics Compares 3. Themes for Comparative Analysis 4. Classifying Political Systems 5. Organization of the Text II. Established Democracies 2. Britain (Joel Krieger) 1. The Making of the Modern British State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. British Politics in Transition 3. France (Mark Kesselman) 1. The Making of the Modern French State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. French Politics in Transition 4. Germany (Christopher S. Allen) 1. The Making of the Modern German State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. German Politics in Transition 5. Japan (Shigeko N. Fukai and Haruhiro Fukui) 1. The Making of the Modern Japanese State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Japanese Politics in Transition 6. India (Atul Kohli and Amrita Basu) 1. The Making of the Modern Indian State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Indian Politics in Transition 7. United States (Louis DeSipio) 1. The Making of the Modern American State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. United States Politics in Transition III. Developing Democracies 8. Russia (Joan DeBardeleben) 1. The Making of the Modern Russian State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Russian Politics in Transition 9. Brazil (Alfred P. Montero) 1. The Making of the Modern Brazilian State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Brazilian Politics in Transition 10. Mexico (Merilee S. Grindle) 1. The Making of the Modern Mexican State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Mexican Politics in Transition 11. Nigeria (Darren Kew and Peter Lewis) 1. The Making of the Modern Nigerian State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Nigerian Politics in Transition IV. Non-Democracies 12. Iran (Ervand Abrahamian) 1. The Making of the Modern Iranian State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Iranian Politics in Transition 13. China (William A. Joseph) 1. The Making of the Modern Chinese State 2. Political Economy and Development 3. Governance and Policy-Making 4. Representation and Participation 5. Chinese Politics in Transition
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