Beginning with an introduction to the field of comparative politics, this clear and complete text moves on to explore new, innovative directions in the field. Leading scholar Howard J. Wiarda explores its main approaches, including political development, political culture, dependency theory, corporatism, indigenous theories of change, state-society relations, rational choice, and the new institutionalism. The book then turns its attention to the hot issues in the field. The book concludes with a stimulating discussion of whether the great systems debates of the past (socialism vs. capitalism, democracy vs. authoritarianism) are now over, and points to some of the next important study and research frontiers. Students, professors, and general readers will all find Comparative Politics current, provocative, and well written a truly balanced overview."
Comparative Politics provides a comprehensive, theoretical, and methodological introduction to the field of comparative politics. In the sciences, theory is tested through direct experimentation. In politics, however, social scientists cannot simply manipulate an institution or law to see what might happen. Comparisons of different political contexts are thus central to political theory. Analyzing what happens when different countries modify constitutions or party systems provides useful information about the probable consequences of such changes among diverse political orders. The world of politics is full rich and complex factors which influence the way people vote, how policies are made, ...
An outstanding group of internationally-renowned comparative political scientists provide a substantive introduction to comparative politics. Thematic in organisation, readers are guided through a comprehensive analysis of the core methods, theories, and concepts in comparative politics. An unrivalled amount of empirical material in the text and on the supporting website illustrates key similarities and differences of political systems inpractice. The wealth of empirical data also encourages students to go beyond the "what" of comparison to the "how". Combining cutting edge treatment of theories and truly global geographical coverage, this exciting textbook is essential reading for all comparative politics students.
The Seventh Edition of COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN TRANSITION combines a thematic framework with a country-by-country approach to provide a thoughtful and effective introduction to Comparative Politics that is appropriate for students new to the study of political science. The author uses an arenas classification to organize and frame the systematic comparative analysis, rather than the traditional three worlds framework. This classification more accurately reflects the contemporary political, economic, and social realities of different political systems, allowing the author to provide historical, theoretical, and conceptual background through ten in-text country case studies. Unlike most other comparative politics texts, McCormick provides a balanced study of the Western and non-Western world and explores the politics and government of Islam and of failed states. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
This collection reprints essential articles in the systematic study of all of the world's political systems. The pieces here focus on issues such as public opinion formation, interest group lobbying, political party activity, as well as the institutions of government, including executives, legislatures, and legal systems. br br The editors have also written an introductory volume explaining the history main approaches, and controversies in the field, covering the debates on formal-legalism, developmentalism, dependency theory, corporatism, rational choice, and much more.
Comparative Politics, Which Helps In The Study Of Ever Increasing Political Problems In A Scientific And Systematic Way, Has WitNessed Not Only Development On A Scale NevEr Reached So Far But Has Become More And More Popular In These Days. Moreover, By Providing Fresh And Exciting New LaboratoRies For The Analysis Of Political Developments, The Emerging States Of Asia, Africa, South East Asia, Latin America And Middle East, Have Significantly Expanded The Universe Of Comparative Politics. In Spite Of All These Development, Not Many Broad-Ranged Books On This Discipline Are Available To The Indian Students. Thus, In Order To Introduce The Indian Students To The Subject Of 'Comparative Politics', The Present Volume Though Rich In Material, Written In Simple Language And Handy In Size, Is Designed To Present A Simplified Description Of Different Aspects Of Comparative Politics. The Book Will Not Only Cater Well To The Requirements Of Those Engaged In The Study Of Comparative Politics For Postgraduate Degree In Indian Universities But Also Be Equally Useful To Those Interested In Acquiring A Core Knowledge Of This Fast Expanding Discipline Of Political Science.
This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised.
COMPARATIVE POLITICS: STRUCTURES AND CHOICES, offers a thematic framework that seamlessly connects concepts, theories, and country-specific information. In the Second Edition, an important set of concepts and theories is introduced and then applied to each of nine countries (the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China, India, Nigeria, and Iran) through the Topic in Countries (TIC) sections of each chapter. Students develop an understanding of how economic, cultural, identity, and political structures are linked to political systems and how individuals make political choices. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
This book presents a new approach to the study of comparative politics that builds on the assumption that political actors and institutions operate within constructed communities of meaning, which in turn interface with other such communities. Accordingly, a comparative study of polities or the relations between polities (foreign policies, international relations) must incorporate a recognition of actors' identies, cultures, and worldviews, and the role of norms, rules, and ideas. The essays in the first part of the book explore the theoretical bases of this approach. The second part presents four case studies--of modern states and indigenous peoples in the Americas; democratic development in Benin, West Africa; culture industries and identity in Canada, France, and the EU; and the reconstruction of postwar Germany.