Over the past three decades, comparative politics has undergone significant change. It has been transformed from geographically defined studies to comparative analysis and the construction of explanatory theory. This book evaluates the current state of, and trends within, comparative politics. The author reviews the literature in the field and the major topics of research. He argues that the transformation of the discipline, the 'revolution in comparative politics', fell well short of its expectations.
About the Author
Lawrence Mayer is professor of political science at Texas Tech University. His current research interests include party system change, especially in the weakening of mainstream parties of the moderate left and right, and the emergence of populist parties of identity. His published books include: Comparative Politics: Nations and Theories in a Changing World (With Burnett, Ogden, and Tuman), American Public Policy (with Cochran, Carr, and Cayer), Redefining Comparative Politics, Politics in Industrial Societies (with Burnett), and Comparative Political Inquiry: A Methodological Survey. His articles have appeared in Political Science and Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The Western Political Quarterly, Teaching Political Science, and West European Politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction Revolutions and Thermidorean ReactionsThe Epistemology of Social Science and the Comparative MethodDevelopment, Ethnocentrism and Dependency Theory and PolemicIndustrial DemocraciesParties and Political BehaviorMicro Level Analysis Culture, Violence, and PersonalityKremlinology, Autocracies and Comparative PoliticsConclusions Whither Comparative Politics?