Introducing Comparative Politics: Concepts and Cases in Context, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-21
  • Publisher: CQ PRESS

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Uncomfortable with a strictly thematic approach, or tired of a purely country-by-country organization for your comparative politics course? Teach the way you want to teach with this innovative hybrid book-fully accessible to students, easy to teach, and satisfying to professors who want to give students a real sense of the questions that drive research in the fi eld. Organized thematically around important concepts in comparative politics-Who rules? What explains political behavior? Where and why?-the book integrates a set of extended case studies in eleven "core" countries. Serving as consistent geographic touchstones, the cases are set in chapters where they make the most sense substantively-not separated from theory or in a separate volume-and vividly illustrate issues in cross-national context. Features include: Core country case studies: Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, India, Iran, Nigeria, Russia, the UK, the U.S., and, new to this edition, Mexico. NEW! Methods in Context boxes that model how comparativists do their research and analysis. In Context fact boxes that put eye-opening data into thematic context. Where and Why? boxes that explore why certain political outcomes occur in some countries but not in others. Country and Concept tables that display key indicators for core countries. Updates and revisions include: recent elections around the world and the eff ects of the global fi nancial crisis and its aftermath, authoritarian versus totalitarian regimes, ethnic violence, racial politics and identity, economic globalization, executive-legislative institutions, and the role of civil society in government.

Table of Contents

a Framework For Understanding Comparative Politics
The Big Issues
Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?
Three Key Questions in Comparative Politics
Plan of the Book
The Modern State
Characteristics of the Modern State
Historical Origins of Modern States
Strong, Weak, and Failed States
Case Studies of State Formation
States and Citizens
Regimes Regimes, Ideologies, and Citizens
States and Identity
The Debate over Identity
Nations and Nationalism
Ethnicity and Religion
States and Markets
The Market, Capitalism, and the State
Key Economic Debates
Globalization: a New World Order or Déjà Vu All Over Again?
States and Markets around the World
Political Systems and How They Work
Governing Institutions in Democracies
Institutions Institutions: Executives and Legislatures
Comparing Executive-Legislative Institutions
Institutions of Participation and Representation in Democracies
Formal Institutions: The Electoral System
Formal Institutions: Political Parties and Party Systems
Civil Society
Authoritarian Institutions
Governing Institutions in Authoritarian Regimes
Elections, Parties, and Civil Society in Authoritarian Regimes
Regime Change
The Military in Politics: Coups dEtat
Issues and Policies
Globalization, Economic Sovereignty, and Development
Wealthy Countries: Globalization and Economic Sovereignty
Development and Globalization
Welfare, Health, and the Environment When Markets Fail
ǣWelfareǠ: Social Policy in Comparative Perspective
Health Care and Health Policy
Environmental Problems and Policy
Policies and Politics of Inclusion and Clashing Values
The Debate over Inclusion and Group Rights
Religion: Recognition, Autonomy, and the Secular State
Gender: The Continuing Struggle for Equal Social Status, Representation, and Participation
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