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Political Science: A Comparative Introduction / Edition 8

Political Science: A Comparative Introduction / Edition 8

by Rod Hague
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Long established as the leading text of its kind, this new edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect the key political developments of the early twenty-first century. Lively, rigorous and truly international in scope, it is the indispensable guide to politics in today's interconnected world. A new classification of countries has been adopted to reflect changing realities and the authors provide further coverage of the increasing importance of illiberal democracies and the persistence of authoritarian regimes in a supposedly democratic age. A new chapter on political economy has been added to broaden the book's scope.

A complete redesign and two-colour printing makes this edition even more student-friendly than its predecessors. Key features include: double-page Profiles of individual countries, the European Union and the world as a whole, including Spotlights on key issues for each, new-style debate boxes highlight both sides of major controversies, a full-page guide to learning resources for each chapter, a companion website packed full of additional materials and activities.

About the Author:
Rod Hague is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

About the Author:
Martin Harrop is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901137601239
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 09/22/2017
Series: Comparative Government and Politics
Edition description: 8th ed. 2016
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rod Hague was formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle, UK.

Martin Harrop was formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle, UK.

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA. Other recent books by John include European Union Politics, 2nd Edition (2015, Palgrave), Understanding the European Union, 6th Edition (2015, Palgrave), and Why Europe Matters (2013, Palgrave).

Table of Contents

List of illustrative material     ix
Preface     xiii
Guide to learning features     xv
Guide to profiles     xvi
Politics and government     3
Politics     3
Government     4
Classifying governments     6
Governance     9
Power     10
Authority and legitimacy     11
The state and sovereignty     13
Nations and nationalism     17
Learning resources     22
The state in a global context     23
Emergence     23
Expansion and restructuring     26
The post-colonial state     29
Collapsed states and state building     32
Globalization and the state     36
Learning resources     42
Democracy     43
Direct democracy     43
Deliberative democracy     46
Representative democracy     48
Liberal and illiberal democracy     49
Waves of democratization     52
Learning resources     59
Authoritarian rule     61
Communist states     65
Fascist states     72
Personal despots     73
Military government     74
Other party states     76
Royal families     77
Theocracy     78
Ruling presidents     80
Learning resources     82
The comparative approach     83
Why compare?     83
What to compare     85
How to compare     89
Avoiding the pitfalls     94
Learning resources     99
Politics and Society
Political culture     103
Political culture in liberal democracies     103
Political culture in authoritarian states     110
Political culture in illiberal democracies     112
Elite political culture     113
A clash of civilizations?     116
Learning resources     120
Political communication     121
Development of the mass media     122
The media: contemporary trends     124
The media in liberal democracies     128
Public opinion     134
The media in authoritarian states     137
The media in illiberal democracies     139
Learning resources     141
Political economy      143
What is political economy?     143
Varieties of capitalism     146
Convergence?     150
The political economies of authoritarian states     152
The political economies of illiberal democracies     157
Learning resources     161
Linking Society and Government
Political participation     165
Participation in liberal democracies     165
Social movements     168
Participation in authoritarian states     172
Participation in illiberal democracies     174
Participation in political violence     175
Revolution     179
Learning resources     184
Elections and voters     185
Scope and franchise     185
Electoral systems: legislatures     186
Electoral systems: presidents     194
Referendums     198
Turnout     200
Voting behaviour     203
Elections in authoritarian states     205
Elections in illiberal democracies     206
Learning resources     208
Interest groups     209
Classifying interest groups     210
Interest groups in liberal democracies      212
Channels of influence     216
Conditions of influence     220
Interest groups in authoritarian states     223
Interest groups in illiberal democracies     227
Learning resources     229
Political parties     231
Party organization     232
Selecting candidates and leaders     235
Membership and finance     237
The waning social base     241
Party systems     244
Parties in authoritarian states     250
Parties in illiberal democracies     253
Learning resources     255
Government and Policy
Constitutions and the legal framework     259
Constitutions     260
Judicial review and constitutional courts     263
Judicial activism     268
Judicial independence and recruitment     272
Administrative law     273
Law in authoritarian states     275
Law in illiberal democracies     277
The impact of international law     278
Learning resources     280
Multilevel governance     231
What is multilevel governance?     281
Federalism      282
Unitary states     290
Local government     294
Central-local relations in authoritarian states     299
Central-local relations in illiberal democracies     300
Learning resources     303
Legislatures     305
Structure     305
Functions     309
Recruitment     318
Membership     319
Legislatures in authoritarian states     324
Legislatures in illiberal democracies     326
Learning resources     328
The political executive     329
Presidential government     329
Parliamentary government     336
Semi-presidential government     344
The executive in authoritarian states     348
The executive in illiberal democracies     351
Learning resources     353
Public management and administration     355
Evolution of the public sector     355
Recruitment to the public sector     357
Organization of the public sector     358
Control and accountability     364
New public management     366
Public management in authoritarian states     368
Public management in illiberal democracies     372
Learning resources     375
Public policy     377
Initiation and formulation     378
Implementation     381
Evaluation and review     382
Policy instruments     384
Public policy in liberal democracies     386
Public policy in authoritarian states     391
Public policy in illiberal democracies     392
Learning resources     395
References     397
Index     427

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This is one of, if not the, most comprehensive introductory comparative textbook(s) currently on the market, and this new edition retains all of the strongest features of previous editions.' - James Allan, Wittenberg University, USA

'This latest edition lives up to the high expectations created by its predecessors and remains top of the list for comprehensiveness and accessibility. The discussion of theories, concepts and typologies is well supported by cases and examples of recent political developments.' - Rudy Andeweg, Leiden University, the Netherlands

'Once again (and now with John McCormick on board) this classic introductory comparative politics text manages to stay relevant, accessible and contemporary. It remains the key text for students new to comparative politics, mixing theoretical clarity with expert country case studies throughout.' – Mark Bennister, Canterbury Christchurch University, UK

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