Understanding Comparative Politics: A Framework for Analysis / Edition 1

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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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'This new edition of Mehran Kamrava's Understanding Comparative Politics exemplifies the changes that comparative political analysis has undergone in the last 15 years. Kamrava examines current and past approaches to the study of comparative politics, and proposes a new framework for analysis. Focusing on twin themes - revolution and democratisation - he examines state and social institutions, how they interact, and the context provided by the political cultures from whence they operate. It will be essential reading for all students of comparative politics.' - Professor Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University, UK

'In a concise, though often provocative update of his ideas on comparative politics, Professor Kamrava reconciles the debate on the primacy of state and society by examining both and focusing on the interaction between them. Drawing on his experience in the Middle East, he also offers a useful corrective to standard 'ideal types' drawn from the USA and Europe.' - Peter Calvert, Emeritus Professor of Comparative and International Politics, University of Southampton, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415130127
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 States and systems 7
2 A synthesis 31
3 State and social institutions 43
4 Political culture 58
5 State classifications: democratic varieties 77
6 State classifications: non-democratic varieties 101
7 Society classifications: democratic varieties 121
8 Society classifications: newly democratising polities 152
9 Society classifications: non-democratic varieties 173
Conclusion 186
Bibliography 190
Index 216
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