Understanding Comparative Politics: A Framework for Analysis

Understanding Comparative Politics: A Framework for Analysis

by Mehran Kamrava
     
 

Understanding Comparative Politics examines current and past approaches to the study of comparative politics and proposes a new framework for analysis. Mehran Kamrava achieves this through a comparative examination of state and social institutions, how they interact and the political cultures within which they operate. Based on the composition of their institutions… See more details below

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Understanding Comparative Politics examines current and past approaches to the study of comparative politics and proposes a new framework for analysis. Mehran Kamrava achieves this through a comparative examination of state and social institutions, how they interact and the political cultures within which they operate. Based on the composition of their institutions and the pattern of relations they have established with their societies, Kamrava broadly categorises states into democratic and non-democratic varieties. He includes new democracies and pseudo-democracies in his first variety. Societies, however, he divides into three general types: democratic polities, found mainly in the first world, are accustomed to the rules and norms of democracy and are characterised by a high level of state-society fusion; newly democratising polities dominate in regions such as South America and Eastern Europe which have undergone processes of democratisation in recent years; while non-democratic societies, in which either a democratic system has not evolved or has not taken root, tend to be found in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East. Understanding Comparative Politics traces the evolution of comparative politics as a discipline and points to the strengths and weaknesses of past and present comparative methodologies. This book will be invaluable for any student of comparative politics wishing to go beyond a straightforward institutional analysis and comparison of a small group of countries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415130110
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Mehran Kamrava is Director of the Centre for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of books on political development and Middle East politics, including The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War, Politics and Society in the Developing World, Democracy in the Balance: Culture and Society in the Middle East, and Revolutionary Politics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1States and systems7
2A synthesis31
3State and social institutions43
4Political culture58
5State classifications: democratic varieties77
6State classifications: non-democratic varieties101
7Society classifications: democratic varieties121
8Society classifications: newly democratising polities152
9Society classifications: non-democratic varieties173
Conclusion186
Bibliography190
Index216

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