Comparative Politics Rationality, Culture, and Structure

ISBN-10: 0521712343

ISBN-13: 9780521712347

Edition: 2nd 2009

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Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure is a completely revised second edition of the volume that guided thousands of scholars through the intellectual demands and gratifications of comparative political science. Retaining a focus on the field's research schools, it now pays parallel attention to the pragmatics of causal research. Mark Lichbach begins with a review of discovery, explanation and evidence and Alan Zuckerman argues for explanations with social mechanisms. Ira Katznelson, writing on structuralist analyses, Margaret Levi on rational choice theory, and Marc Ross on culturalist analyses, assess developments in the field's research schools. Subsequent chapters explore the relationship among the paradigms and current research: Joel Migdal examines the state; Mark Blyth adds culturalist themes to work on political economy; Etel Solingen locates the international context of comparative politics; Doug McAdam, Charles Tilly, and Sidney Tarrow address contentious politics; Robert Huckfeldt explores multi-level analyses; Christopher Anderson describes nested voters; Jonathan Rodden examines endogenous institutions; Isabela Mares studies welfare states, and Kanchan Chandra proposes a causal account of ethnic politics. The volume offers a rigorous and exciting assessment of the past decade of scholarship in comparative politics.
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Mark Lichbach is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Alan S. Zuckerman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Brown University and Research Professor, DIW-German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of several books, including The Politics of Faction: Christian Democratic Rule in Italy and Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure. His honors include serving on the faculty at Tel-Aviv University, the University of Pisa, and the University of Florence.

Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgments
Paradigms and Pragmatism: Comparative Politics During the Past Decade
Thinking and Working in the Midst of Things: Discovery, Explanation, and Evidence in Comparative Politics
Advancing Explanation in Comparative Politics: Social Mechanisms, Endogenous Processes, and Empirical Rigor
Strong Theory, Complex History: Structure and Configuration in Comparative Politics Revisited
Reconsiderations of Rational Choice in Comparative and Historical Analysis
Culture in Comparative Political Analysis
Researching the State
An Approach to Comparative Analysis or a Subfield within a Subfield? Political Economy
The Global Context of Comparative Politics
Comparative Perspectives on Contentious Politics
Citizenship in Democratic Politics: Density Dependence and the Micro-Macro Divide
Nested Citizens: Macropolitics and Microbehavior in Comparative Politics
Back to the Future: Endogenous Institutions and Comparative Politics
The Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State
Making Causal Claims About the Effect of "Ethnicity"
References
Author Index
Subject Index
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