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Introducing Comparative Politics - International Student Edition
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Introducing Comparative Politics - International Student Edition
Concepts and Cases in Context

Fifth Edition

Other Titles in:
Comparative Politics

January 2020 | 648 pages | CQ Press
Organized thematically around important questions in comparative politics—Who rules? What explains political behavior? Where and why?—Introducing Comparative Politics, Fifth Edition integrates a set of extended case studies of 11 core countries directly into the narrative. Serving as touchstones, the cases are set in chapters where they make the most sense topically—not separated from theory or in a separate volume—and vividly illustrate issues in cross-national context. The book’s hybrid organization allows instructors to teach the way you want to teach and gives students a more accurate sense of comparative study.
 
Part I: A Framework for Understanding Comparative Politics
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?

 
Three Key Questions in Comparative Politics

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 2: The Modern State
Characteristics of the Modern State

 
Historical Origins of Modern States

 
Strong, Weak, and Failed States

 
Case Studies of State Formation

 
Case Study: Germany: The First Modern Welfare State

 
Case Study: Japan: Determined Sovereignty

 
Case Study: United Kingdom: The Long Evolution Of A Strong State

 
Case Study: The United States: A Consciously Crafted State

 
Case Study: Mexico: Challenges To Internal Sovereignty

 
Case Study: China: Economic Legitimacy Over Political Reform

 
Case Study: Brazil: A Moderately Strong, and Now Legitimate, Modern State

 
Case Study: India: Enduring Democracy In A Moderately Weak State

 
Case Study: Russia: Strong External Sovereignty with Weak Rule of Law

 
Case Study: Iran: Claiming Legitimacy Via Theocracy

 
Case Study: Nigeria: An Extremely Weak State

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 3: States, Citizens, and Regimes
Citizens and Civil Society

 
Regimes, Ideologies, and Citizens

 
Case Study: United Kingdom: “Cradle of Democracy”

 
Case Study: Russia: The First Self-Proclaimed Communist Regime

 
Case Study: Germany: Rise of the Nazi Party and a Totalitarian State

 
Case Study: Brazil: A Modernizing Authoritarian Regime in Military Form, 1964–1985

 
Case Study: Nigeria: A Personalist Regime in Uniform, 1993–1998

 
Case Study: Mexico: Electoral Authoritarianism under the PRI

 
Case Study: The Islamic Republic of Iran: Theocratic State, 1979–

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 4: States and Identity
Understanding Identity

 
The Policy Debate

 
Nations, Nationalism, and Immigration

 
Case Study: Nationalism in Germany

 
Ethnicity

 
Case Study: The Evolving Role of Ethnicity in Nigeria

 
Race

 
Case Study: Racial Politics in the United States

 
Social Class

 
Case Study: The United Kingdom: Evolving Class Politics in a Class-divided Society

 
Religion: Recognition, Autonomy, and the Secular State

 
Case Study: India: Secularism in a Religious and Religiously Plural Society

 
Gender and Sexual Orientation: The Continuing Struggle for Recognition, Social Status, and Representation

 
Case Study: Iran: Women’s Social Gains, Political and Cultural Restrictions, and Islamic Feminism

 
Case Study: Brazil: LGBTQ Rights in a New Democracy

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Part II: Political Systems and How They Work
 
Chapter 5: Governing Institutions in Democracies
Executives and Legislatures

 
Case Study: Parliamentary Rule in Britain and India

 
Case Study: Presidentialism in the United States and Brazil

 
Case Study: Russia: Semipresidentialism in a New Democracy with Weak Institutions

 
Comparing Executive-Legislative Institutions

 
Judiciary

 
Case Study: The Judiciary: Brazil

 
Bureaucracy

 
Case Study: Bureaucratic Control and Corruption: Japan

 
Federalism

 
Case Study: Federalism: Mexico, India, and Russia

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 6: Institutions of Participation and Representation in Democracies
The Electoral System

 
Formal Institutions: Political Parties and Party Systems

 
Civil Society

 
Case Studies in Participation and Representation

 
Case Study: The United Kingdom: SMD/FPTP, Two Parties, and Pluralism

 
Case Study: Germany: A Multiparty System and Neocorporatism under Threat

 
Case Study: Japan: From Dominant-Party to Two-Party System?

 
Case Study: Brazil: Parties and Civil Society in a Young Democracy

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Studies

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 7: Contentious Politics: Social Movements, Political Violence, and Revolution
Framing Contentious Politics

 
Case Study: The United States: The Tea Party and the Resistance

 
Political Violence

 
Case Study: Mexico: The Zapatista Rebellion

 
Case Study: Nigeria: Boko Haram and Terrorism

 
Revolution

 
Case Study: Revolution: China and Iran

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 8: Authoritarian Institutions
Trends in Authoritarian Rule

 
The Dictator’s Dilemma: Governing Authoritarian Regimes

 
Elections, Parties, and Legislatures

 
Clientelism and Civil Society

 
Case Study: China: From Communist to Modernizing Authoritarian Rule

 
Case Study: Russia: Creating an Electoral Authoritarian Regime

 
Case Study: Iran: A Theocratic, Electoral Authoritarian Regime

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 9: Regime Change
Trends in Regime Change

 
Regime Change: Transitions to Democracy

 
Case Study: Mexico: Transition from an Electoral Authoritarian Regime

 
Case Study: Nigeria: Neopatrimonial Transition

 
Regime Change: Transitions to Authoritarian Rule

 
Case Study: Comparing Coups: Brazil and Nigeria

 
 
Part III: Political Economy and Policy
 
Chapter 10: Political Economy of Wealth
The Market, Capitalism, and the State

 
Key Economic Debates

 
Types of Capitalist Economies

 
Globalization: A New World Order, or Déjà Vu All Over Again?

 
States and Markets around the World

 
Case Study: The United States: The Free-Market Model

 
Case Study: United Kingdom: Radical Reform in a Liberal Market Economy

 
Case Study: Germany: Struggling to Reform a Coordinated Market Economy

 
Case Study: Japan: The Developmental State and Its Crisis

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 11: Political Economy of Development
What Is “Development”?

 
Development and Globalization

 
The Development Debate

 
Case Studies in Development

 
Case Study: Mexico: From Protectionism to Neoliberalism

 
Case Study: China: An Emerging Powerhouse

 
Case Study: India: Development and Democracy

 
Case Study: Iran: Struggling with the Blessings of Oil

 
Case Study: Nigeria: A Weak State, Oil, and Corruption

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
For Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Chapter 12: Public Policies When Markets Fail: Welfare, Health, and the Environment
“Welfare”: Social Policy in Comparative Perspective

 
Case Study: Germany: Reforming The Christian Democratic Welfare State

 
Case Study: The United States: Reforming the Liberal Welfare State

 
Case Study: Brazil: Starting a Welfare State in a Developing Economy

 
Health Care and Health Policy

 
Case Study: Germany: Pioneer of Modern Health Policy

 
Case Study: United Kingdom: Reforming the NHS

 
Case Study: U.S. Health Policy: Trials and Tribulations of the Market Model

 
Environmental Problems and Policy

 
Case Study: The United States: Pioneer That Lost Its Way?

 
Case Study: China: Searching for Sustainable Development

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Glossary
 
Index

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