Foundations of Comparative Politics

Foundations of Comparative Politics

by Kenneth Newton, Jan W. van Deth

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The new edition of this leading overview of comparative politics once again blends theory and evidence across democratic systems to provide unparalleled coverage. The student-friendly structure and clear, concise writing ensure that complex issues are clearly explained and students engage with the key theories. The third edition is updated throughout, with a new chapter, 'Public Spending and Public Policies', increased coverage of defective democracies, and revised coverage of e-democracy and the power of the media. The pedagogy is simplified with a focus on 'Briefings' and 'Controversies' that feature examples from across the globe, alongside clear key terms, 'What We Have Learned' and 'Lessons of Comparison' sections, and a wealth of online materials to complete a rich teaching and learning package.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107384521
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/03/2009
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kenneth Newton is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor at the WZB, Berlin.

Jan W. van Deth is Professor of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research at the University of Mannheim.

Table of Contents

Introduction: why comparative politics?; Part I. The State: Origins and Development: 1. The development of the modern state; 2. States and democracy; 3. Democratic change and persistence; Part II. The Polity: Structures and Institutions: 4. Constitutions; 5. Presidential and parliamentary government; 6. Multi-level government: international, national and sub-national; 7. Policy making and legislating: executives and legislatures; 8. Implementation: the public bureaucracy; Part III. Citizens, Elites and Interest Mediation: 9. Political attitudes and behaviour; 10. Pressure groups and social movements; 11. The mass media; 12. Voters and elections; 13. Party government; Part IV. Policies and Performance: 14. Political ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, Christian democracy and socialism; 15. Decision making; 16. Defence and security; 17. Welfare; 18. The future of the democratic state; Postscript: how and what to compare.

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“Thanks to new chapters on the purpose and method of making comparisons plus a separate chapter on democratization, this revised edition is even more comprehensive than the last.”
Matthijs Bogaards, Jacobs University Bremen

“… both intelligent and accessible...this book has the virtue of compelling students to think through basic choices confronting mature Western democracies in the 21st century. The authors make big ideas accessible by introducing the student to diverse briefings, controversies, and fact files that whet the appetite for active debate. In short, the book is a gem which will make teaching more fun for teachers and more meaningful for students.”
Liesbet Hooghe, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“An ideal textbook for the 21st century, in which democracy may remain the dominant paradigm but in which the world’s democracies face many grave challenges to their well-being and even survival.”
Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego

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