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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About the Author
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 ContentsIntroduction - Judith BaraPart 1: Theories and Methods1. Theories, Institutions and Comparative Politics - Mark Pennington2. Methodologies for Comparative Politics - Judith BaraPart 2: Institutions3. The Nation State - Brendan O'Duffy4. Electoral Systems - Jocelyn A. J. Evans5. Legislatures and Executives - Catherine Needham6. The Bureaucracy - Mark Pennington7. The Courts - David Robertson8. The Territorial Dimension - Brendan O'DuffyPart 3: Actors9. Voters, Parties and Participation - Judith Bara10. Interest Groups - Mark Pennington11. Leadership: The Long Road to Theory - David S. BellAfterword