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Comparative Politics Today : A World View

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9780321158963

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0321158962
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
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Longman
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Summary

"Comparative Politics Today" is the text that defined the discipline of comparative politics and continues to set the standard for the course with and the most current country study chapters available. The chapters on England, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, India, and the United States have all been thoroughly updated. As in the previous edition, theoretical chapters (Chapters 1-7) at the beginning of the book explore the "purpose of government" and provide students with a framework for understanding comparative politics. The theoretical section is followed by 12 individual country studies. All country studies are written by pre-eminent specialists on that particular country, ensuring that students have the most reliable information and insights into the political systems of those nations.

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Key Terms" and "Suggested Readings."
Preface
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
Issues in Comparative Politics
What is Politics?
Governments and the State of Nature
Why Governments?
When Does Government Become the Problem?
Political Systems
States
Building Community
Fostering Development
Securing Democracy, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties
Comparing Political Systems
Why We Compare
How We Compare
Systems: Environment and Interdependence
Structures and Functions
An Illustrative Comparison: Russia in 1985 and 2002
The Policy Level: Performance, Outcome and Evaluation
System, Process and Policy
Political Culture and Political Socialization
Political Culture
Mapping the Three Levels of Political Culture
Political Socialization
Agents of Political Socialization
Trends in Contemporary Political Cultures
Interest Articulation
Citizen Action
Interest Groups
Access to the Influential
Policy Perspectives on Interest Articulation
Interest Group Development
Interest Aggregation and Political Parties
Personal Interest Aggregation
Institutional Interest Aggregation
Competitive Party Systems and Interest Aggregation
Authoritarian Party Systems
The Military and Interest Aggregation
Trends in Interest Aggregation
Significance of Interest Aggregation
Government and Policymaking
Constitution and Decision Rules
Democracy and Authoritarianism
Separation of Government Powers
Geographic Distribution of Government Power
Limitations on Government Power
Checking the Top Policymakers
Assemblies
Political Executives
The Bureaucracy
Public Policy
Government and What It Does
Extraction
Distribution
Regulation
Community-Building and Symbolic Policies
Outcomes: Domestic Welfare
Domestic Security Outcomes
International Outputs and Outcomes
Political Goods and Values
Strategies for Producing Political Goods
Trade-offs and Opportunity Costs
Country Studies
Politics in England
Current Policy Challenges
The Constraints of History
The Environment of Politics
The Structure of Government
Political Culture and Legitimacy
Political Socialization
Political Participation and Recruitment
Organizing Group Interests
Party System and Electoral Choice
Making and Delivering Government Policies
Policy Outcomes and Changes in Society
Politics in France
Current Policy Challenges
A Historical Perspective
Economy and Society
Constitution and Governmental Structure
Political Culture
Political Socialization
Mass Participation and Voting
Recruitment and Style of Elites
Interest Groups
Political Parties
Policy Processes
The State and Territorial Relations
Performance and Prospects
Politics in Germany
Current Policy Challenges
The Historical Legacy
Following Two Paths
Social Forces
The Institutions and Structure of Government
Remaking Political Cultures
Political Learning and Political Communication
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