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Principles of Comparative Politics (International Student Edition)

Third Edition (International Student Edition)

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Comparative Politics

June 2017 | 888 pages | CQ Press
Principles of Comparative Politics offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. In this thoroughly revised Third Edition, students now have an even better guide to cross-national comparison and why it matters. The new edition retains a focus on the enduring questions with which scholars grapple, the issues about which consensus has started to emerge, and the tools comparativists use to get at the complex problems in the field.

Updates to this edition include a new intuitive take on statistical analyses and a clearer explanation of how to interpret regression results; a thoroughly-revised chapter on culture and democracy that includes a more extensive discussion of cultural modernization theory and a new overview of survey methods for addressing sensitive topics; and a revised chapter on dictatorships that incorporates a principal-agent framework for understanding authoritarian institutions. Examples from the gender and politics literature have been incorporated into various chapters, and empirical examples and data on various types of institutions have been updated. The authors have thoughtfully streamlined chapters to better focus attention on key topics.
 
Part I. What Is Comparative Politics?
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
Overview of the Book  
The Approach Taken in This Book  
Key Concepts  
 
Chapter 2. What Is Science?
Introduction  
What Is Science?  
The Scientific Method  
An Introduction to Logic  
Myths about Science  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 3. What Is Politics?
The Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Game  
Solving the Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Game  
Evaluating the Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Game  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Preparation for the Problems  
Problems  
 
Part II. The Modern State: Democracy or Dictatorship?
 
Chapter 4. The Origins of the Modern State
What Is a State?  
Somalia and Syria: Two Failed States  
The Contractarian View of the State  
The Predatory View of the State  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Preparation for the Problems  
Problems  
 
Chapter 5. Democracy and Dictatorship: Conceptualization and Measurement
Democracy and Dictatorship in Historical Perspective  
Classifying Democracies and Dictatorships  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 6. The Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
Classic Modernization Theory  
A Variant of Modernization Theory  
Some More Empirical Evidence  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Appendix: An Intuitive Take on Statistical Analyses  
Problems  
 
Chapter 7. Cultural Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
Classical Cultural Arguments: Mill and Montesquieu  
Does Democracy Require a Civic Culture?  
Religion and Democracy  
Experiments and Culture  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 8. Democratic Transitions
Bottom-Up Transitions to Democracy  
Top-Down Transitions to Democracy  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 9. Democracy or Dictatorship: Does it Make a Difference?
The Effect of Regime Type on Economic Growth  
The Effect of Regime Type on Government Performance  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Part III. Varieties of Democracy and Dictatorship
 
Chapter 10. Varieties of Dictatorship
A Common Typology of Authoritarian Regimes  
The Two Fundamental Problems of Authoritarian Rule  
Selectorate Theory  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 11. Problems with Group Decision Making
Problems with Group Decision Making  
Arrow’s Theorem  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
APPENDIX: STABILITY IN TWO-DIMENSIONAL MAJORITY-RULE VOTING  
 
Chapter 12. Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies
Classifying Democracies  
Making and Breaking Governments in Parliamentary Democracies  
Making and Breaking Governments in Presidential Democracies  
Making and Breaking Governments in Semi-Presidential Democracies  
A Unifying Framework: Principal-Agent and Delegation Problems  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 13. Elections and Electoral Systems
Elections and Electoral Integrity  
Electoral Systems  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 14. Social Cleavages and Party Systems
Political Parties: What Are They, and What Do They Do?  
Party Systems  
Where Do Parties Come From?  
Types of Parties: Social Cleavages and Political Identity Formation  
Number of Parties: Duverger’s Theory  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Chapter 15. Institutional Veto Players
Federalism  
Bicameralism  
Constitutionalism  
Veto Players  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  
 
Part IV. Varieties of Democracy and Political Outcomes
 
Chapter 16. Consequences of Democratic Institutions
Majoritarian or Consensus Democracy?  
The Effect of Political Institutions on Fiscal Policy  
Electoral Laws, Federalism, and Ethnic Conflict  
Presidentialism and Democratic Survival  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Problems  

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