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Redefining Comparative Politics: Promise Versus Performance / Edition 1

Redefining Comparative Politics: Promise Versus Performance / Edition 1

by Lawrence C. MayerLawrence C. Mayer
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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780803934641
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/01/1989
Series: SAGE Library of Social Research , #173
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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

Revolutions and Thermidorean Reactions
The Epistemology of Social Science and the Comparative Method
Development, Ethnocentrism and Dependency
Theory and Polemic
Industrial Democracies
Parties and Political Behavior
Micro Level Analysis
Culture, Violence, and Personality
Kremlinology, Autocracies and Comparative Politics
Whither Comparative Politics?

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