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Introducing Comparative Politics
Concepts and Cases in Context

Fifth Edition
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December 2019 | 648 pages | CQ Press
“The graphics in the book are extremely reader-friendly. The language is clear and easy for students to follow. Instructor resources are quite helpful (and a key part of my decision-making). Overall, this is the best comparative politics text for undergrads that I have found. It covers all the important topics in the field and presents them in a way that is accessible to students.” 

—Laura N. Bell, West Texas A&M University

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 placed within the chapters where they make the most sense topically—not separated from the theory or in a separate volume—and vividly illustrate issues in cross-national context. The book’s hybrid organization gives students a more holistic view of comparative politics.

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World Map
 
Regional and Country Coverage
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
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

 
Plan of the Book

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Ethnicity

 
Race

 
Social Class

 
Religion: Recognition, Autonomy, and the Secular State

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

 
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

 
Comparing Executive–Legislative Institutions

 
Judiciary

 
Bureaucracy

 
Federalism

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

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

 
Political Violence

 
Revolution

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
CHAPTER 9: Regime Change
Trends in Regime Change

 
Regime Change: Transitions to Democracy

 
Regime Change: Transitions to Authoritarian Rule

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
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

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources For Further Study

 
Web Resources

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

 
Health Care and Health Policy

 
Environmental Problems and Policy

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
Works Cited

 
Resources for Further Study

 
Web Resources

 
 
Glossary
 
Index

Supplements

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“The graphics in the book are extremely reader-friendly. The language is clear and easy for students to follow. Instructor resources are quite helpful (and a key part of my decision-making). Overall, this is the best comparative politics text for undergrads that I have found. It covers all the important topics in the field and presents them in a way that is accessible to students.”

Laura N. Bell
West Texas A&M University

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City University of New York, Brooklyn College

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Kent State University

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Erika Cornelius Smith
Nichols College

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Sandra K. Rana
Tulsa Community College

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