Comparative Politics

ISBN-10: 0199574979
ISBN-13: 9780199574971
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Daniele Caramani
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

Comparative Politics provides an exciting and authoritative introduction to one of the most important fields of political science. International experts explore the methods and theories of comparative politics as well as the institutions, actors, processes, and policies at the heart of political systems around the world. Alongside explanation of the most important themes, students are presented with a wealth of empirical data to demonstrate similarities and differences inpractice, and to encourage research. By focusing on industrial and developing countries, together with political bodies and systems above and below the level of the nation state, Comparative Politics provides a fully comprehensive and up-to-date account of the discipline. The second edition of this successful textbook is also supported by an innovative Online Resource Centre with the following features for students and lecturers:Student Resources:Comparative data sets for over 200 countries - files can be used for empirical analysis, essay writing and lab exercisesWeb directory of data archivesCountry comparatorReview questions and exercisesFlashcard glossaryCountry profilesInstructor Resources:PowerPoint slidesTest bankFigures and tables from the book

Daniele Caramani is professor of political science (chair of comparative politics and methods) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is the author of the book and CD-ROM Elections in Western Europe since 1815 (Palgrave, 2000) and The Nationalization of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2004), for which he received the "Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences." He has also edited Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008). His current research focuses on the integration of European electorates and party systems. A paper on "Is There a European Electorate and What Does It Look Like? Evidence from Electoral Volatility Measures, 1976-2004" has appeared in West European Politics (29/1, 2006) and has been awarded the "Vincent Wright Prize" for best article in 2006.

Introduction
Theories and Methods
The Evolution of Comparative Politics
Approaches in Comparative Politics
Comparative Research Methods
The Historical Context
The Nation-State
Democracies
Authoritarian Regimes
Structures and Institutions
Parliaments
Governments and Bureacracies
Constitutions and Courts
Elections and Referendums
Unitary, Federal, and Local Government Institutions
Actors and Processes
Political Parties
Party Systems
Interest Groups
Regions
Social Movements
Political Culture
Political behavior
Political Communication
Public Policies
Policy Making
The Welfare State
The Impact of Public Policies
Current Issues
The EU as a New Political System
Globalization and the Nation-State
Promoting Democracy

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