The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 48 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics. Part I includes chapters surveying the key research methodologies employed in comparative politics (the comparative method; the use of history; the practice and status of case-study research; the contributions of field research) and assessing the possibility of constructing a science of comparative politics. Parts II to IV examine the foundations of political order: the origins of states and the extent to which they relate to war and to economic development; the sources of compliance or political obligation among citizens; democratic transitions, the role of civic culture; authoritarianism; revolutions; civil wars and contentious politics. Parts V and VI explore the mobilization, representation and coordination of political demands. Part V considers why parties emerge, the forms they take and the ways in which voters choose parties. It then includes chapters on collective action, social movements and political participation. Part VI opens up with essays on the mechanisms through which political demands are aggregated and coordinated. This sets the agenda to the systematic exploration of the workings and effects of particular institutions: electoral systems, federalism, legislative-executive relationships, the judiciary and bureaucracy. Finally, Part VII is organized around the burgeoning literature on macropolitical economy of the last two decades.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This comprehensive work...provides a thorough and contemporary examination of the field of comparative politics and various central questions within it...there is more than enough material here (including detailed references) to keep scholars and bring graduate students completely up to date; indeed the analyses are often cutting edge. Lastly, inasmuch as this handbook series aspires to shape the discipline and not just describe it, many chapters in this handbook usefully conclude with a precise outline of the future research agenda as seen by the author."—Politics Studies Review

"Two visionary editors—who see clearly where research in comparative politics is heading—and a star-studded cast of authors who are acknowledged masters of their fields make this Oxford Handbook an accurate compass for those who wish to be brought to the frontiers of comparative research."—David D. Laitin, James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199566020
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1040
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carles Boix is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has written the books Political Parties, Growth and Equality (1998) and Democracy and Redistribution (2003). Both books won the American Political Science Association Award for the best book on political economy. Boix has also published articles in leading journals including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, International Organization, and World Politics.

Susan Stokes is a John S. Saden Professor of Political Science and director of the Yale Program on Democracy. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

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Table of Contents

1. The Logic of Comparison, R. Franzese
2. Historical Inquiry and Comparative Politics, J. Mahoney and C. Villegas
3. Case Studies and Comparative Politics, John Gerring
4. Field Research, Elisabeth Wood
5. Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?, A. Przeworski
6. From Case Studies to Social Science: A Strategy for Political Research, R. H. Bates
7. Collective Action Theory, E. Ostrom
8. War, Trade and State Formation, H. Spruyt
9. Compliance, Consent and Legitimacy, R. Hardin
10. National Identity, L. Greenfield and J. Eastwood
11. Nationalism and National Movements, A. Varshney
12. Mass Beliefs in Comparative Politics, C. Welzel and R. Inglehart
13. Democratization Theory, B. Geddes
14. Democracy and Civic Culture, P. Sabetti
15. Authoritarianism and Dictatorships, R. Wintrobe
16. Revolutions, S. Pincus
17. Civil Wars, S. Kalyvas
18. Social Movements and Contentious Politics, S. Tarrow and Ch. Tilly
19. Theories and Mechanisms of Contentious Politics: Activists and Academics on Globalized Protest Movements, M. Lichbach and H. de Vries
20. Emergence of Parties, C. Boix
21. Party Systems, H. Kitschelt
22. Parties and Voters in Industrial Democracies, A. Wren and K.M. McElwain
23. Parties and Voters in Emerging Democracies, F. Hagopian
24. Models of Programmatic and Clientelistic Parties, S. Stokes
25. Political Participation, P. Norris
26. Preference Aggregation. Spatial Models, G. Bingham Powell
27. Electoral Systems Description, R. Taagapera
28. Division of Powers. Presidentialism, D. Samuels
29. Judiciary, John Ferejohn, Frances Rosenbluth and Charles Shipan
30. Federalism, Pablo Beramendi
31. Coalition Theory. Government Formation, K. Strom and Benjamin Nyblade
32. The Economy and Voting, R. Dutch
33. Political Business Cycles, J. Alt and Shanna Rose
34. Welfare State, I. Mares
35. The Political Economy of Development, Phil Keefer
36. Political Accountability Corruption, J.M. Maravall
37. Economic Transitions, T. Frye
1. Introduction, Carles Boix & Susan C. Stokes
2. Multicausality, Context-Conditionality, and Endogeneity in Comparative Politics, Robert J. Franzese Jr
3. Historical Inquiry and Comparative Politics, James Mahoney & Celso M. Villegas
4. The Case Study: What it is and What it Does, John Gerring
5. Field Research, Elisabeth Jean Wood
6. Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?, Adam Przeworski
7. From Case Studies to Social Science: A Strategy for Political Research, Robert H. Bates
8. Collective Action Theory, Elinor Ostrom
9. War, Trade and State Formation, Hendrick Spruyt
10. Compliance, Consent, and Legitimacy, Russell Hardin
11. National Identity, Liah Greenfeld & Jonathan Eastwood
12. Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicy, Ashutosh Varshney
13. Mass Beliefs, Christian Welzel & Ronald Inglehart
14. #What Causes Democratization?, Barbara Geddes
15. Democracy and Civic Culture, Filippo Sabetti
16. Dictatorship: Analytical Approaches, Ronald Wintrobe
17. Rethinking Revolutions: A Neo-Torquevillian Perpective, Steven Pincus
18. Civil Wars, Stathis N. Kalyvas
19. Contentious Politics and Social Movements, Sidney Tarrow & Charles Tilly
20. Mechanisms of Globalized Protest Movements, Mark I. Lichbach & Helma G. E. de Vries
21. Emergence of Parties and Party Systems, Carles Boix
22. Party Systems, Herbert Kitschelt
23. Voters and Parties, Anne Wren & Kenneth M. McElwain
24. Parties and Voters in Emerging Democracies, Frances Hagopian
25. Political Clientelism, Susan C. Stokes
26. Political Activism: New Challenges, New Opportunities, Pippa Norris
27. Aggregating and Representing Political Preferences, G. Bingham Powell Jr.
28. Electoral Systems, Rein Taagepera
29. Separation of Powers, David Samuels
30. Comparative Judicial Politics, John Ferejohn, Frances Rosenbluth & Charles Shipan
31. Federalism, Pablo Beramendi
32. Coalition Theory and Government Formation, Kaare Strom and Benjamin Nyblade
33. Comparative Studies of the Economy and the Vote, Raymond M. Duch
34. Context-Conditional Political Budget Cycles, James E. Alt & Shanna S. Rose
35. The Welfare State in Global Perpective, Matthew E. Carnes & Isabela Mares
36. The Poor Performance of Poor Democracies, Phil Keefer
37. Accountability and the Survival of Governments, Jose Maria Maravall
38. Economic Transformation and Comparative Politics, Timothy Frye

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