Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction / Edition 3

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Building on the strengths of the first edition, this accessible and user-friendly textbook explores the strategies of comparative research in political science. It begins by examining different methods, then highlights some of the big issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples before discussing the new challenges in the area. As well as updating throughout and the addition of new material, this edition is also supplemented by the availability online of the author's datasets.
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Editorial Reviews

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'If this textbook had been available when I was a college senior or first-year graduate student, it would have saved me months of muddled thinking about what comparative politics is and how it should be done.' - Michael Coppedge, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, USA

'Todd Landman’s scientifically elegant new book contains a wealth of substantive and methodological content that should inspire much progress in comparative politics theory and research. From an interdisciplinary perspective, it inspires parallel efforts in the other social sciences, as well as serve a highly useful function as reference in computational social science and the comparative analysis of models and metrics … the leading methodologically-oriented text in the field.' - Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Ph.D, Professor of Computational Social Science, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415412360
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Landman is Professor of Government and Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Essex. He has been at Essex since 1993 in the Department of Government and before being appointed Director of the Institute, he served as the Deputy Director (1999-2003) and Co-Director (2003-2005) of the Human Rights Centre and Director (2007-2010) of the Centre for Democratic Governance

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Briefing Boxes

Pt. I Why, How, and Problems of Comparison 1

1 Why compare countries? 3

2 How to compare countries 23

3 Comparing many countries 51

4 Comparing few countries 67

5 Single-country studies as comparison 85

Pt. II Comparing Comparisons 95

6 Economic development and democracy 99

7 Violent political dissent and social revolution 131

8 Non-violent political dissent and social movements 161

9 Transitions to democracy 185

10 Institutional design and democratic performance 217

11 Human rights 239

12 International relations and comparative politics 265

Pt. III Comparative Methods and New Issues 281

13 Common themes and different comparisons 283

14 New challenges for comparative politics 301

Glossary 313

References 321

Index 347

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