Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (2nd Revised edition)

Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (2nd Revised edition)

By: Jonathan Eastwood (author), J. Tyler Dickovick (author)Paperback

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Why do countries have different institutions and forms of government? Why do some social revolutions succeed and endure while others fail? Why are some societies subjected to terrorism and not others? An engaging and accessible introduction to the subject, Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases, Second Edition, gives students the methodological tools they need to answer the "big questions" in the field. The authors introduce methods early in the text and integrate them throughout in order to help students develop a systematic way of thinking about comparative politics. FEATURES L * A unique structure offers the best of thematic and country-by-country approaches. Sixteen succinct thematic chapters-organized around the "big questions" in the field-are followed by a separate section at the end of the book offering full-length profiles and case studies for twelve countries * Each chapter integrates several standalone country case studies in "Case in Context" boxes; these features tie into the narrative, pose questions, and point students to the full case discussions in the country profiles * "Thinking Comparatively" sections at the end of each chapter introduce new methodological tools and help students apply the theories and concepts covered in that chapter * "Thinking It Through" questions help students test their ability to apply comparative politics theories to cases * "Research Prompts" in every case-study section help students develop comparative projects and papers

About Author

J. Tyler Dickovick is the Grigsby Term Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing World: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America (2011) and coeditor of Decentralization in Africa: The Paradox of State Strength (2014). His current research focuses on the comparative causes and consequences of decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa. Jonathan Eastwood is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University. He is the coeditor of The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chavez (2011) and the author or coauthor of several articles. Dr. Eastwood works on a variety of topics in sociological theory and comparative social science, and is especially interested in relationships between collective identities, collective action, and conflict.

Contents

PART I: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS; CHAPTER 1. THE COMPARATIVE APPROACH: AN INTRODUCTION; ASKING WHY: RESEARCH QUESTIONS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS; CONCEPTS; EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE; THE COMPARATIVE METHOD; IS THE STUDY OF POLITICS A SCIENCE? THE LIMITS OF THE COMPARATIVE METHOD; CHAPTER 2. THEORIES, HYPOTHESES, AND EVIDENCE; INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES, HYPOTHESES, AND EVIDENCE; HYPOTHESIS TESTING; CRITIQUES: USING THEORY AND EVIDENCE; THE CHALLENGE OF MEASUREMENT: ERRORS, BIASES, AND VALIDITY; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: QUALITIES OF GOOD ANALYSIS AND ARGUMENTATION; PART II: THE STATE, DEVELOPMENT, DEMOCRACY, AND AUTHORITARIANISM; CHAPTER 3. THE STATE; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHY DID STATES EMERGE AND EXPAND?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: GREAT BRITAIN, THE UNITED KINGDOM, OR NEITHER? STATE AND NATION IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND; CHAPTER 4. POLITICAL ECONOMY; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHY DO WELFARE STATES EMERGE?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: WELFARE STATES IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES: WHAT CAN WE LEARN AND HOW?; CHAPTER 5. DEVELOPMENT; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHY DOES DEVELOPMENT HAPPEN (OR NOT)?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: EXPLAINING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA; CHAPTER 6. DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIZATION; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT CAUSES DEMOCRATIZATION?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: IS AMERICAN DEMOCRACY A MODEL?; CHAPTER 7. AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES AND DEMOCRATIC BREAKDOWN; CONCEPTS; TYPES; AUTHORITARIANISM; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT CAUSES AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES TO EMERGE AND PERSIST?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: WHY DID ZIMBABWE BECOME AND REMAIN AUTHORITARIAN?; PART III: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT; CHAPTER 8. CONSTITUTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONS?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: WHAT EXPLAINS THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE BRAZILIAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTIONS?; CHAPTER 9. LEGISLATURES AND LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT EXPLAINS PATTERNS OF REPRESENTATION?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: REPRESENTATION IN NEW ZEALAND AND BEYOND; CHAPTER 10. EXECUTIVES; CONCEPTS; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT EXPLAINS EXECUTIVE STABILITY?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: BEYOND THE AMERICAN AND BRITISH MODELS; CHAPTER 11. POLITICAL PARTIES, PARTY SYSTEMS, AND INTEREST GROUPS; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHY DO PARTY SYSTEMS EMERGE, AND WHAT EFFECTS DO THEY HAVE?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: PARTY SYSTEMS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA; PART IV: POLITICS, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE; CHAPTER 12. REVOLUTIONS AND CONTENTION; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHY DO REVOLUTIONS HAPPEN?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: THE "ARAB SPRING" OF 2011; CHAPTER 13. NATIONALISM AND NATIONAL IDENTITY; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT CAUSES ETHNO-NATIONAL CONFLICT?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: ENDING ETHNIC AND NATIONAL VIOLENCE; CHAPTER 14. RACE, ETHNICITY, AND GENDER; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT FACTORS INFLUENCE THE POLITICAL REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN AND MINORITY GROUPS?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: INDICATORS OF GENDER EMPOWERMENT; CHAPTER 15. IDEOLOGY AND RELIGION; CONCEPTS; TYPES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHY DO RELIGION AND IDEOLOGY REMAIN PREVALENT IN MODERN POLITICS?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: TWO LEFTS IN LATIN AMERICA?; PART V: THE COMPARATIVE-INTERNATIONAL NEXUS; CHAPTER 16. COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; CONCEPTS; ISSUES; CAUSES AND EFFECTS: WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS?; THINKING COMPARATIVELY: THE EU AND LEVELS OF ANALYSIS; PART VI: COUNTRY PROFILES AND CASES; BRAZIL; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; CHINA; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; HOW DID CHINA BECOME AN ECONOMIC POWER? (CH. 5); IS CHINA DESTINED FOR DEMOCRACY? (CH. 6); WHO GOVERNS CHINA? (CH. 10); THE CHINESE PARTY SYSTEM (CH. 11); THE CHINESE REVOLUTION (CH. 12); FRANCE; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; GERMANY; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; INDIA; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN); PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; JAPAN; CASE STUDIES; MEXICO; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; NIGERIA; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; RUSSIA; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; UNITED KINGDOM; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES; UNITED STATES; PROFILE; CASE STUDIES

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  • ISBN13: 9780190270995
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 672
  • ID: 9780190270995
  • weight: 1050
  • ISBN10: 0190270993
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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