Comparative Politics Today: A World View / Edition 10

Comparative Politics Today: A World View / Edition 10

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0205109136
ISBN-13:
9780205109135
Pub. Date:
03/15/2011
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Pearson
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Comparative Politics Today: A World View / Edition 10

Combining thematic chapters and country cases, Comparative Politics Today : A World View sets the standard for introducing the field of comparative politics and for illustrating how to compare the world’s political systems. Written by leading comparativists and area study specialists, Comparative Politics Today helps to sort through the world’s complexity and to recognize patterns that lead to genuine political insight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205109135
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: MyPoliSciKit Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: Issues in Comparative Politics
Chapter 2: Comparing Political Systems

PART TWO: SYSTEM, PROCESS, AND POLICY

Chapter 3: Political Culture and Political Socialization

Chapter 4: Interest Articulation

Chapter 5: Interest Aggregation and Political Parties
Chapter 6: Government and Policymaking

Chapter 7: Public Policy

PART THREE: COUNTRY STUDIES

Chapter 8: Politics in Britain by Richard Rose

Chapter 9: Politics in France by Martin A. Schain

Chapter 10: Politics in Germany by Russell J. Dalton

Chapter 11: Politics in Japan by Frances Rosenbluth and Michael F. Thies

Chapter 12: Politics in Russia by Thomas F. Remington

Chapter 13: Politics in China by Melanie Manion

Chapter 14: Politics in Mexico by Wayne A. Cornelius and Jeffrey A. Weldon

Chapter 15: Politics in Brazil by Frances Hagopian and Timothy J. Power

Chapter 16: Politics in Iran by H.E. Chehabi and Arang Keshavarzian

Chapter 17: Politics in India by Subrata K. Mitra

Chapter 18: Politics in Nigeria by A. Carl LeVan, Robert J. Mundt, and Oladimeji Aborisade

Chapter 19: Politics in the United States by Thad Kousser and Austin Ranney


2) Full Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Issues in Comparative Politics
What is Politics?
Governments and the State of Nature
Why Governments?
When Does Government Become the Problem
Political Systems and States
The Diversity of States
Challenges: Building Community
Fostering Economic Development
Fostering Democracy, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties
Looking Forward

Chapter 2: Comparing Political Systems
Why We Compare
How We Compare
How We Explain and Predict
Political Systems: Environment and Interdependence
Political Systems: Structures and Functions
An Illustrative Comparison: Regime Change in Russia
The Policy Level: Performance, Outcome, and Evaluation

Part II: System, Process, and Policy

Chapter 3: Political Culture and Political Socialization
Mapping the Three Levels of Political Culture
Why Culture Matters
Political Socialization
Agents of Political Socialization
Trends Shaping Contemporary Political Cultures

Chapter 4: Interest Articulation
Citizen Action
How Citizens Participate
Interest Groups
Civil Society
Interest Group Systems
Access to the Influential
Policy Perspectives on Interest Articulation
Interest Group Development

Chapter 5: Interest Aggregation and Political Parties

Personal Interest Aggregation
Institutional Interest Aggregation
Competitive Party Systems and Interest Aggregation
Authoritarian Party Systems
The Military and Interest Aggregation
Trends in Interest Aggregation
Significance of Interest Aggregation

Chapter 6: Government and Policymaking
Constitutions and Decision Rules
Democracy and Authoritarianism
Separation of Government Powers
Geographic Distribution of Government Power
Limitations on Government Power
Checking the Top Policymakers
Assemblies
Political Executives
The Bureaucracy

Chapter 7: Public Policy
Government and What It Does
Public Policy Outputs
Extraction
Distribution
Regulation
Community-Building and Symbolic Outputs
Domestic Policy Outcomes
International Outcomes
The Complexity of Policy Choice

Part III: Country Studies

Chapter 8: Politics in Britain
Richard Rose
Country Bio—United Kingdom
Policy Challenges Facing British Government
The Environment of Politics: One Crown but Five Nations
The Legacy of History
The Structure of Government
The Cabinet and Cabinet Ministers
Political Culture and Legitimacy
Political Socialization
Political Participation
Political Recruitment
Organizing Group Interests
Party System and Electoral Choice
Centralized Authority and Decentralized Delivery of Policies
Why Public Policy Matters
Policy Outcomes in Society

Chapter 9: Politics in France
Martin A. Schain
Country Bio—France
Current Policy Challenges
A Historical Perspective
Economy and Society
The Constitutional Tradition
Political Culture
Political Socialization
Recruitment and Style of Elites
Interest Groups
Political Parties
Patterns of Voting
Policy Processes
The State and Territorial Relations
Performance and Prospects

Chapter 10: Politics in Germany
Russell J. Dalton
Country Bio—Germany
Current Policy Challenges
The Historical Legacy
Following Two Paths
Social Forces
The Institutions and Structure of Government
Remaking Political Cultures
Political Learning and Political Communication
Citizen Participation
Politics at the Elite Level
Interest Groups
Party Government
The Party System
The Role of Elections
The Policymaking Process
Policy Performance
Addressing the Policy Challenges
After the Revolution

Chapter 11: Politics in Japan
Frances Rosenbluth and Michael F. Thies
Country Bio—Japan
Current Policy Challenges
Historical Origins of the Modern Japanese State
The Occupation
Political Culture and Issue Cleavages
Political Socialization
Political Participation and Voting Behavior
The Japanese Party System
Interest Groups
The Policymaking Process
Policy Performance
Concluding Thoughts About Japanese Politics

Chapter 12: Politics in Russia
Thomas F. Remington
Country Bio—Russia
Ensuring Continuity of Power
Current Policy Challenges
Historical Legacies
The Contemporary Constitutional Order
Russian Political Culture in the Post-Soviet Period
Political Participation
Interest Articulation: Between Statism and Pluralism
Parties and the Aggregation of Interests
The Politics of Economic Reform
Rule Adjudication: Toward the Rule of Law
Russia and the International Community

Chapter 13: Politics in China
Melanie Manion
Country Bio—China
Current Policy Challenges
Historical Setting
Social Conditions
Structure of the Party-State
Political Socialization
Political Culture
Political Participation
Interest Articulation and Aggregation
Policymaking and Implementation
Policy Performance
Hong Kong
Taiwan
China’s Political Future

Chapter 14: Politics in Mexico
Wayne A. Cornelius and Jeffrey A. Weldon
Country Bio—Mexico
Current Policy Challenges
Historical Perspectives
Political Culture
Mass Political Socialization
Political Participation
Political Structure and Institutions
Recruiting the Political Elite
Interest Representation and Political Control
Political Parties
Government Performance
Mexico’s Political Future

Chapter 15: Politics in Brazil
Frances Hagopian
Country Bio—Brazil
Current Policy Challenges
Historical Perspectives
Economy and Society
Institutions and Structures of Government
Political Culture
Socialization and Mass Communication
Political Recruitment and Political Participation
Interest Groups
Political Parties and Elections
The Policymaking Process
Policy Performance
International Relations
Prospects for the Future

Chapter 16: Politics in Iran
H. E. Chehabi and Arang Keshavarzian
Country Bio—Iran
Current Policy Challenges
Historical Legacy
Institutions of the Islamic Republic
Elections and Parties
Political Culture
Political Socialization
Recruiting the Political Elite
Interest Articulation and Aggregation
Policy Formulation
Policy Outcomes
Conclusion

Chapter 17: Politics in India
Subrata K. Mitra
Country Bio—India
Current Policy Challenges
History in the Making of Contemporary Politics
The “Givens” of Indian Society
Political Institutions and the Policy Process
The Federal Structure
The Articulation of Interests
The Party System
Political Culture
Elections and Participation
Political Recruitment
Policy Outputs: Economics, Welfare, and Poverty
Conclusion: Democracy and Development

Chapter 18: Politics in Nigeria
Robert J. Mundt, Oladimeji Aborisade, and A. Carl LeVan
Country Bio—Nigeria
Current Policy Challenges
The Effects of History
Environmental Potential and Limitations
Political Culture and Subcultures
Political Socialization
Political Recruitment
Political Structure
Interest Articulation
Political Participation
Parties and Elections
Policy Formation and Implementation
Nigeria in Africa and in the World
Prospects for Development

Chapter 19: Politics in the United States
Thad Kousser and Austin Ranney
Country Bio—the United States
Current Policy Challenges
History
Social Conditions
The Constitutional System
Political Culture and Socialization
Political Participation and Recruitment
Recruitment of Leaders
Interest Articulation: PACs and Pressure Groups
The Special Characteristics of American Political Parties
The Policymaking Process in America
Policy Performance
American Exceptionalism: Myth or Reality?

Index

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