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Comparative Politics : A Theoretical Framework,9780321084538

Comparative Politics : A Theoretical Framework

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780321084538

ISBN10:
0321084535
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/1/2000
Publisher(s):
Addison-Wesley
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Summary

This brief text presents, in a separate book, the revised and updated theoretical chapters (Parts I and II) from the best-selling Comparative Politics Today, Seventh Edition. In this new edition, the rich theoretical framework pioneered by Gabriel Almond and G. Bingham Powell has been streamlined by new co-editors Kaare Strom and Russell Dalton and features a shift toward exploring the purpose of government. Retained and enriched, the three-part analytic framework examining system, process, and policy offers readers a coherent and accessible means to exploring how different political systems are formed, maintained, and changed.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part One Introduction
Issues in Comparative Politics
1(55)
What Is Politics?
1(2)
Governments and the State of Nature
3(2)
Why Governments?
5(4)
When Does Government Become the Problem?
9(7)
Political Systems
16(1)
States
17(4)
Building Community
21(7)
Fostering Development
28(6)
Securing Democracy, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties
34(3)
Key Terms
37(1)
Suggested Reading
37(1)
Notes
38(1)
Comparing Political Systems
Why We Compare
39(2)
How We Compare
41(2)
Systems: Structure and Function
43(3)
Structures and Functions
46(4)
An Illustrative Comparison: Russia in 1985 and 1998
50(3)
The Policy Level: Performance, Outcome, and Evaluation
53(1)
Key Terms
54(1)
Suggested Reading
55(1)
Notes
55(1)
Part Two System, Process, and Policy
Political Culture and Political Socialization
56(22)
Political Culture
56(1)
Mapping the Three Levels of Political Culture
57(8)
Political Socialization
65(1)
Agents of Political Socialization
66(6)
Trends in Contemporary Political Cultures
72(3)
Key Terms
75(1)
Suggested Reading
75(1)
Notes
76(2)
Interest Articulation
78(25)
Citizen Action
78(5)
Interest Groups
83(7)
Access to the Influential
90(6)
Policy Perspectives on Interest Articulation
96(1)
Interest Group Development
96(3)
Key Terms
99(1)
Suggested Reading
100(1)
Notes
100(3)
Interest Aggregation and Political Parties
103(25)
Personal Interest Aggregation
104(1)
Institutional Interest Aggregation
104(2)
Competitive Party Systems and Interest Aggregation
106(10)
Authoritarian Party Systems
116(3)
The Military and Interest Aggregation
119(1)
Trends in Interest Aggregation
120(2)
Significance of Interest Aggregation
122(2)
Key Terms
124(1)
Suggested Reading
124(1)
Notes
125(3)
Government and Policymaking
128(38)
Constitutions and Decision Rules
128(3)
Democracy and Authoritarianism
131(1)
Geographic Distribution of Government Power
132(2)
Separation of Government Powers
134(4)
Limitations on Government Powers
138(3)
Assemblies
141(3)
Political Executives
144(6)
The Bureaucracy
150(4)
Elite Recruitment
154(6)
Control of Elites
160(3)
Key Terms
163(1)
Suggested Reading
164(1)
Notes
164(2)
Public Policy
166(37)
Government and What It Does
166(2)
Extraction
168(3)
Distribution
171(4)
Regulation
175(4)
Community-Building and Symbolic Policies
179(1)
Outcomes: Domestic Welfare
180(6)
Domestic Security Outcomes
186(2)
International Outputs and Outcomes
188(2)
Political Goods and Values
190(3)
Strategies for Producing Political Goods
193(5)
Trade-Offs and Opportunity Costs
198(1)
Key Terms
199(1)
Suggested Reading
200(1)
Notes
200(3)
Index 203


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