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.”
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