Beginning with an introduction to the field of comparative politics, this clear and complete text moves on to explore new, innovative directions in the field. Leading scholar Howard J. Wiarda explores its main approaches, including political development, political culture, dependency theory, corporatism, indigenous theories of change, state-society relations, rational choice, and the new institutionalism. The book then turns its attention to the hot issues in the field. The book concludes with a stimulating discussion of whether the great systems debates of the past (socialism vs. capitalism, democracy vs. authoritarianism) are now over, and points to some of the next important study and research frontiers. Students, professors, and general readers will all find Comparative Politics current, provocative, and well written-a truly balanced overview.
Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is also Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.
Part I: The Field of Comparative Politics Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: New Directions in Comparative Politics Part II: Approaches to the Field Chapter 3: Political Development Chapter 4: Political Culture and Comparative Politics Chapter 5: Corporatism and Comparative Politics Chapter 6: Indigenous Theories of Change Chapter 7: Political Development Revisited-and Its Alternatives Part III: Hot Issues Chapter 8: Comparative Democracy and Democratization Chapter 9: Is Civil Society Exportable? Chapter 10: The Developing Nations: What Works in Development-and What Doesn't Chapter 11: Frontiers of Research in Comparative Politics Part IV: Comparative Politics: Toward New Frontiers Chapter 12: The End of the Great Systems Debate? Implications for Comparative Politics Conclusion