Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

ISBN-10: 019956602X

ISBN-13: 9780199566020

Edition: 2009

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 47 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics. Part I includes chapters surveying the key research methodologies employed in comparative politics (the comparative method; the use of history; the practice and status of case-study research; the contributions of field research) and assessing thepossibility of constructing a science of comparative politics. Parts II to IV examine the foundations of political order: the origins of states and the extent to which they relate to war and to economic development; the sources of compliance or political obligation among citizens; democratic transitions, the roleof civic culture; authoritarianism; revolutions; civil wars and contentious politics. Parts V and VI explore the mobilization, representation and coordination of political demands. Part V considers why parties emerge, the forms they take and the ways in which voters choose parties. It then includes chapters on collective action, social movements and political participation. Part VI opens up with essays on the mechanisms through which political demands are aggregated and coordinated. This setsthe agenda to the systematic exploration of the workings and effects of particular institutions: electoral systems, federalism, legislative-executive relationships, the judiciary and bureaucracy. Finally, Part VII is organized around the burgeoning literature on macropolitical economy of the last twodecades.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 7/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1040
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.256
Language: English

Carles Boix is the Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs in the Department of Politics and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His first book, Political Parties, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 1998), examines the different means through which partisan governments manage the economy in a globalized world. In his more recent work, Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Boix describes the economic and institutional conditions that lead to democratization. Both books received the William Riker award for the best book on political economy. Boix coedited the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (2007), which has quickly become one of the main works of reference in political science, and has published in the top journals of the discipline, such as the American Political Science Review and World Politics. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About the Contributors
Introduction
Introduction
Theory and Methodology
Multicausality, Context-Conditionally, and Endogeneity
Historical Enquiry and Comparative Politics
The Case Study: What it is and What it Does
Field Research
Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?
From Case Studies to Social Science: A Strategy for Political Research
Collective Action Theory
States and State Formation Political Consent
War, Trade, and State Formation
Compliance, Consent, and Legitimacy
National Identity
Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict
Political Regimes and Transitions
Mass Beliefs and Democratic Institutions
What Causes Democratization?
Democracy and Civic Culture
Dictatorship: Analytical Approaches
Political Instability, Political Conflict
Rethinking Revolutions: A Neo-Tocquevillian Perspective
Civil Wars
Contentious Politics and Social Movements
Mechanisms of Globalized Protest Movements
Mass Political Mobilization
The Emergence of Parties and Party Systems
Party Systems
Voters and Parties
Parties and Voters in Emerging Democracies
Political Clientelism
Political Activism: New Challenges, New Opportunities
Processing Political Demands
Aggregating and Representing Political Preferences
Electoral Systems
Separation of Powers
Comparative Judicial Politics
Federalism
Coalition Theory and Government Formation
Governance in Comparative Perspective
Comparative Studies of the Economy and the Vote
Context-Conditional Political Budget Cycles
The Welfare State in Global Perspective
The Poor Performance of Poor Democracies
Accountability and the Survival of Governments
Economic Transformation and Comparative Politics
Index
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