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Principles of Comparative Politics

Principles of Comparative Politics

Fourth Edition

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Comparative Politics

September 2024 | 768 pages | CQ Press
Principles of Comparative Politics offers a view into the rich world of comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. This groundbreaking text gives students meaningful insight into how cross-national comparison is actually conducted and why it matters. William R. Clark, Matt Golder, and Sona N. Golder walk us through the enduring questions that scholars grapple with, the issues about which consensus has started to emerge, and the tools comparativists use to analyze the complex and interesting problems at the heart of the field.
The thoroughly revised Fourth Edition includes streamlined discussion and analysis of key topics and theories in the field.

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1. Introduction
2. What Is Science?
3. What Is Politics?
4. The Origins of the Modern State
5. Democracy and Dictatorship: Conceptualization and Measurement
6. The Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
7. The Cultural Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
8. Democratic Transitions
9. Varieties of Dictatorship
10. Problems with Group Decision Making
11. Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies
12. Elections and Electoral Systems
13. Parties, Party Systems, and Party Competition
14. Institutional Veto Players
15. Consequences of Democratic Institutions


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This book provides an excellent introduction to the science of comparative politics. The authors have expertly crafted a thematic arrangement of topics that provides students with a cutting-edge introduction to the state of our discipline. The book really has few peers in this regard.

Christopher Hale
University of Alabama

The best textbook in comparative politics.

Thiago Silva
Texas A&M University

A scientific approach to the study of comparative politics. It is a book on comparative political *science* rather than a book that simply describes politics in other countries.

Robin E. Best
Binghamton University (SUNY)