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Comparative Politics Notes and Readings

ISBN-10: 0534601308
ISBN-13: 9780534601300
Edition: 10th 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Bernard E. Brown
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Book details

List price: $185.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

A perennial best-seller, this critical anthology introduces students to influential concepts, enabling them to analyze and understand the major crises of our time. A unique mix of classic and contemporary essays, this thought-provoking text covers the entire field of comparative politics. A review panel of political scientists drawn from the most prestigious universities in China singled out Brown's Comparative Politics as "a classic of the literature of the West," calling it "the most famous work in the field." Special attention in the new edition is given to issues and trends brought to the fore by the attacks of 9/11: clash and dialogue of civilizations, with reference notably to Islamism; the impact of modernization/globalization on the traditional state; and the growing uncertainties of democratization in post-communist systems and developing countries.

Bernard Brown received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and taught at Vanderbilt University, SUNY (Buffalo), and then The City University of New York (Graduate School), where he is Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He received numerous awards (several Fulbrights, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship), and has been visiting professor at the universities of Rennes (France), McGill (Montreal), Delhi (India), Dakar (Senegal), and Saigon (Vietnam). He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and numerous articles on comparative and international politics and political theory. He has a long-standing interest in French politics and, more recently, the European Union.

Preface
About the Editor
Introduction: On Comparing Nations
Methods Of Comparison
Comparative Analysis: The Search for Focus
Area Discipline
Preconception vs. Observation
Rational Choice, Culture, and Problem-Oriented Research
Political Change
Modernization And Post-Modernization
The Dynamics of Modernization
The Creation of Knowledge and Technique
British Rule in India
Values, Economic Development, and Political Change
An Ecofeminist Perspective
Revolution And Protest
Frameworks of the Great Revolutions
Social Transformations of the Twentieth Century
Revolution and Anomie
Democracy, Utopia, and Revolution
Patterns Of Legitimacy
Ethnicity, Nation, State
Varieties of Nationalism
What Is a State?
Bringing the State Back in
Prisoners of the State
Democracies
Horizontal Accountability in New Democracies
Majoritarian Versus Consensual Democracy
Democracy and Democratization
Worker Democracy: A Test Case
Authoritarianism: Old And New
On Democracy and Tyranny
What Was Communism?
The End of Communism in China
Transitions To Democracy
The Future of the Third Wave
Comparing East and South
Islam and Liberal Democracy
Political Dynamics
The Civil Society
Bowling Alone
The Paradox of Civil Society
Political Parties
The Iron Law of Oligarchy
Leadership and Change in Party Systems
Erosion of the Class and Religion Vote
The Rise of New Political Parties
Political Institutions
Do Institutions Matter?
Institutional Perspectives
Presidential vs. Parliamentary Democracy: A Debate. A. The Perils of Presidentialism
Governance and Performancd
Judicial Review and the Arab World
Political Performance
Policy Paradigms, Social Learning, and the State
Equality versus Inequality
Corruption and Shifting Values
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