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Introduction to Comparative Politics : Political Challenges and Changing Agendas

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4th
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9780618604470

ISBN10:
0618604472
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Pub. Date:
1/24/2006
Publisher(s):
Cengage Learning
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Summary

Written by a distinguished group of comparativists, this innovative and accessible introductory text surveys 12 key countries organized according to their level of political development: established democracies, transitional democracies, and non-democracies. The country studies illuminate four comparative themes in a global context: the world of states, examining the interaction of states within the international order; governing the economy, covering the role of the state in economic management; the democratic idea, discussing the pressure for more democracy and the challenges of democratization; and the politics of collective identities, studying the political impact of diverse attachments and sources of group identity. The theoretical framework developed in an expanded introduction provides a rich context for each country study, and clear prose makes the book accessible to students with little or no background in political science. Students will also benefit from the data sheet at the beginning of each chapter that includes basic demographic, socioeconomic, and political information, to aid in country comparisons. In addition, they can use the Geographic Setting sections in each chapter, as well as maps, tables, charts, photographs, and political cartoons to further their understanding of each country studied. New! Updated content includes coverage of recent events such as the May 2005 general election in Britain and the referendum in France. New! Civil liberties, security, political conflict, political identities and military policy are considered in the context of a post-September 11 world. All 12 country studies, as well as five additional studies, are available in an online database. Instructors may choose from among these chapters (a minimum of 7) to create a customized text. Recent additions to the database include studies of East-Central Europe, South Africa, Indonesia, Turkey, and Cuba. Key terms appear as bold in the text and a glossary at the end defines key concepts in comparative politics. In addition, an appendix explains the Human Development Index.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Introducing Comparative Politics
The Global Challenge of Comparative Politics
What--and How--Comparative Politics Compares
Themes for Comparative Analysis
Classifying Political Systems
Organization of the Text
Established Democracies
Britain
The Making of the Modern British State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
British Politics in Transition
France
The Making of the Modern French State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
French Politics in Transition
Germany
The Making of the Modern German State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
German Politics in Transition
Japan
The Making of the Modern Japanese State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Japanese Politics in Transition
India
The Making of the Modern Indian State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Indian Politics in Transition
United States
The Making of the Modern American State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
United States Politics in Transition
Transitional Democracies
Brazil
The Making of the Modern Brazilian State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Brazilian Politics in Transition
Mexico
The Making of the Modern Mexican State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Mexican Politics in Transition
Russia
The Making of the Modern Russian State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Russian Politics in Transition
Non-Democracies
China
The Making of the Modern Chinese State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Chinese Politics in Transition
Nigeria
The Making of the Modern Nigerian State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Nigerian Politics in Transition
Iran
The Making of the Modern Iranian State
Political Economy and Development
Governance and Policy-Making
Representation and Participation
Iranian Politics in Transition
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