This major new textbook provides an exciting and authoritative introduction to one of the most important fields of political science. Featuring contributions from key international experts, Comparative Politics examines a wide range of countries, including both advanced industrial nations and developing regions. It provides in-depth coverage of methods and theories; the nation-state and its institutions; actors and processes; and policies. It also deals with such recent changes as globalization and democratization in Africa and the Middle East.
Introduction; SECTION I: THEORIES AND METHODS; 1. The evolution of comparative politics; 2. Approaches in comparative politics; 3. Comparative research methods; SECTION II: THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT; 4. The nation-state; 5. Democracies; 6. Authoritarian regimes; SECTION III: STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS; 7. Parliaments; 8. Governments and bureacracies; 9. Constitutions and courts; 10. Elections and referendums; 11. Unitary, federal, and local government institutions; SECTION IV: ACTORS AND PROCESSES; 12. Political parties; 13. Party systems; 14. Interest groups; 15. Regions; 16. Social movements; 17. Political culture; 18. Political behaviour; 19. Political communication; SECTION V: PUBLIC POLICIES; 20. Policy making; 21. The welfare state; 22. The impact of public policies; SECTION VI: CURRENT ISSUES; 23. The EU as a new political system; 24. Globalization and the nation-state; 25. Promoting democracy; Conclusion: Democractic quality
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