Comparative Politics / Edition 1

Comparative Politics / Edition 1

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Comparative Politics / Edition 1

This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised.

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ISBN-13: 9780761943730
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

My main research interest relates to the study of changing orientations of political parties, with particular reference to ideology and policy. Much of this is based on the content analysis of official party documentation, notably manifestos and platforms from both British and comparative perspectives. I am a principal researcher in the Comparative Manifestos Project and hold an honorary Research Fellowship in Government at the University of Essex

Mark's research interests lie at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics with an emphasis on the implications of bounded rationality and imperfect knowledge for institutional design. He has a particular interest in the works of Hayek, public choice theory and related elements of the classical liberal tradition. His earlier work focussed on the political economy of environmental planning and regulation and explored the potential for property rights approaches to environmental problems. His more recent work has explored the implications of bounded rationality in the context of contemporary theories of deliberative democracy.

His latest book is called Robust Political Economy: Classical Liberalism and the Future of Public Policy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (2011). This work examines challenges to market liberal theory derived from neo-classical economics, communitarian political theory and egalitarian ethical theory and applies the lessons learned in the context of the welfare state, international development and environmental protection.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Judith Bara
Part 1: Theories and Methods
1. Theories, Institutions and Comparative Politics - Mark Pennington
2. Methodologies for Comparative Politics - Judith Bara
Part 2: Institutions
3. The Nation State - Brendan O'Duffy
4. Electoral Systems - Jocelyn A. J. Evans
5. Legislatures and Executives - Catherine Needham
6. The Bureaucracy - Mark Pennington
7. The Courts - David Robertson
8. The Territorial Dimension - Brendan O'Duffy
Part 3: Actors
9. Voters, Parties and Participation - Judith Bara
10. Interest Groups - Mark Pennington
11. Leadership: The Long Road to Theory - David S. Bell

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