Understanding Comparative Politics: A Framework for Analysis

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-03-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Comparative politics has undergone significant theoretical changes in recent decades. Particularly since the 1980s, a new generation of scholars have revamped and rejuvinated the study of the subject. Mehran Kamrava examines current and past approaches to the study of comparative politics and proposes a new framework for analysis. This is achieved through a comparative examination of state and social institutions, the interactions that occur between them, and the poltical cultures within which they operate. The book also offers a concise and detailed synthesis of existing comparative frameworks that, up to now at least, have encountered analytical shortcomings on their own. Although analytically different in its arguments and emphasis from the current Mainstream" genre of literature on comparative politics

Author Biography

Dr. Mehran Kamrava is Director of the Centre for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. ix
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
Approaches to comparative analysisp. 5
Theories of comparative politics: a brief overviewp. 7
The statep. 8
The political systemp. 11
Bringing the state back inp. 16
Conclusionp. 20
The comparative study of politicsp. 23
A synthesisp. 25
An alternative approachp. 26
Conclusionp. 33
States and social institutionsp. 35
State institutionsp. 35
Social institutionsp. 38
Conclusionp. 42
A framework for analysisp. 44
The state-in-society approachp. 45
A sharper focusp. 47
Analytical applicationsp. 65
Conclusionp. 66
State in comparative perspectivep. 69
Democratic statesp. 71
State classificationsp. 72
First World democraciesp. 75
New democraciesp. 80
Pseudo-democraciesp. 84
Conclusionp. 86
Non-democratic statesp. 89
Inclusionary Populist Regimesp. 89
Bureaucratic-authoritarian dictatorshipsp. 96
Conclusionp. 101
State-society interactions: revolution and democratizationp. 103
Revolutionsp. 105
Causes of revolutionsp. 106
State breakdownp. 109
Revolutionary mass mobilizationp. 120
Conclusionp. 135
Democratizationp. 138
Civil society and civil society organizationsp. 141
Democratic transitionsp. 148
Conclusionp. 155
Conclusionp. 157
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 208
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