This student-friendly introduction to the key theories and concepts
of comparative politics now provides even broader coverage of the
world's democracies, with examples drawn from across the globe.
Foundations of Comparative Politics contains a wealth of
information, clearly structured and easy to read, with clear
definition of Key Terms. It covers all the important themes in the
field, including constitutional design and institutions; mass and
elite politics; policy-making and implementation; and the future of
the state and democracy in a globalising world. A new chapter on
studying comparative politics, and new 'What Have We
Learned?' and 'Lessons of Comparison' summary sections
help students pull together the lessons of each chapter. Combining
facts and theory throughout, debate is stimulated through the use
of Controversy boxes, and Fact Files and Briefings give students
interesting data that illustrates the key issues in the text.
Online resources, including MCQs and Powerpoint slides, complete
Ausstattung/Bilder: 2nd rev. Ed. 2009. 472 p. w. 16 tables, 1 map.
Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics
Abmessung: 246mm x 176mm x 30mm
'Thanks to new chapters on the purpose and method of making comparisons plus a separate chapter on democratization, this revised edition is even more comprehensive than the last.' Matthijs Bogaards, Jacobs University Bremen
'Thanks to new chapters on the purpose and method of making comparisons plus a separate chapter on democratization, this revised edition is even more comprehensive than the last.' Matthijs Bogaards, Jacobs University Bremen '... both intelligent and accessible ... this book has the virtue of compelling students to think through basic choices confronting mature Western democracies in the 21st century. The authors make big ideas accessible by introducing the student to diverse briefings, controversies, and fact files that whet the appetite for active debate. In short, the book is a gem which will make teaching more fun for teachers and more meaningful for students.' Liesbet Hooghe, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill '... an ideal textbook for the 21st century, in which democracy may remain the dominant paradigm but in which the world's democracies face many grave challenges to their well-being and even survival.' Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego
Ken Newton is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Southampton. He previously taught at the University of Essex, and was Director of the European Consortium for Political Research.
From the contents:
Introduction: why comparative politics?
Part I. The State: Origins and Development: - 1. The development of the modern state - 2. States and democracy - 3. Democratic change and persistence
Part II. The Polity: Structures and Institutions: - 4. Constitutions - 5. Presidential and parliamentary government - 6. Multi-level government: international, national and sub-national - 7. Policy making and legislating: executives and legislatures - 8. Implementation: the public bureaucracy
Part III. Citizens, Elites and Interest Mediation: - 9. Political attitudes and behaviour - 10. Pressure groups and social movements - 11. The mass media - 12. Voters and elections - 13. Party government
Part IV. Policies and Performance: - 14. Political ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, Christian democracy and socialism - 15. Decision making - 16. Defence and security - 17. Welfare - 18. The future of the democratic state
Postscript: how and what to compare
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