Foundations of Comparative Politics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This student-friendly introduction to the key theories and concepts of comparative politics now provides even broader coverage of the world's democracies, with examples drawn from across the globe. Foundations of Comparative Politics contains a wealth of information, clearly structured and easy to read, with clear definition of Key Terms. It covers all the important themes in the field, including constitutional design and institutions; mass and elite politics; policy-making and implementation; and the future of the state and democracy in a globalising world. A new chapter on studying comparative politics, and new 'What Have We Learned?' and 'Lessons of Comparison' summary sections help students pull together the lessons of each chapter. Combining facts and theory throughout, debate is stimulated through the use of Controversy boxes, and Fact Files and Briefings give students interesting data that illustrates the key issues in the text. Online resources, including MCQs and Powerpoint slides, complete the package.

Table of Contents

Introduction: why comparative government?
The State: Origins and Development
The development of the modern state
States and democracy
Democratic change and persistence
The Polity: Structures and Institutions
Presidential and parliamentary government
Multi-level government: international, national and sub-national
Policy making and legislating: executives and legislatures
Implementation: the public bureaucracy
Citizens, Elites and Interest Mediation
Political attitudes and behaviour
Pressure groups and social movements
The mass media
Voters and elections
Party government
Policies and Performance
Political ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, Christian democracy and socialism
Decision making
Defence and security
The future of the democratic state
Postscript: how and what to compare
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