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Introducing Comparative Politics

Introducing Comparative Politics
The Essentials

International Student Edition

Other Titles in:
Comparative Politics

January 2018 | 464 pages | CQ Press

For Introducing Comparative Politics: The Essentials, the driving force is the pluralist, objective stance on introducing students to core concepts in Comparative Politics. The authors introduce key comparative questions while providing equal strengths and weaknesses of commonly debated theories, structures, and beliefs that push students beyond memorization of country profiles and ever-changing statistics and generate in-class debate over key concepts used in the science of comparative politics. While detailed case studies can go in-depth on specific countries and political systems, Introducing Comparative Politics: The Essentials, distills its country material into paragraph-long examples woven seamlessly into the narrative of the text, increasing diverse global awareness, current-event literacy, and critical-thinking skills.


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Part I A Framework for Understanding Comparative Politics
Chapter 1. Introduction
The Big Issues

Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?

Three Key Questions in Comparative Politics

Chapter 2. The Modern State
Characteristics of the Modern State

Historical Origins of Modern States

Strong, Weak, and Failed States

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

Regimes, Ideologies, and Citizens

Chapter 4. States and Identity
Understanding Identity

The Policy Debate

Nations and Nationalism



Religion: Recognition, Autonomy, and the Secular State

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

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

Comparing Executive-Legislative Institutions




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

Formal Institutions: Political Parties and Party Systems

Civil Society

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

Political Violence


Chapter 8. Authoritarian Institutions
Authoritarian Rule around the World

Governing Institutions in Authoritarian Regimes

Elections, Parties, and Civil Society in Authoritarian Regimes

Chapter 9. Regime Change
The Military in Politics: Coups d'État



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?

Chapter 11. Political Economy of Development
What Is "Development"?

Development and Globalization

The Development Debate

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



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