Contending Perspectives in Comparative Politics A Reader

ISBN-10: 087289925X

ISBN-13: 9780872899254

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $74.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 12/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 514
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Dennis Patterson is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. He was educated at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Patterson co-authored Introduction to the Philosophy of Law: Readings and Cases, edited A Companion to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, and wrote Law and Truth, a book about how truth and law relates to many aspects concerning the world in which we live.

Preface
Methodology and Comparative Analysis
Does the Comparative Method Contribute to Building a Body of Explanatory Theory about Political Outcomes?
The Epistemology of Social Science and the Comparative Method
Beyond the Comparative Method
What Is the Utility of Formal Theory in Comparative Analysis?
Methodological Pathologies
In Defense of the Rational Choice Approach
The Practice and Context of Democratic Politics
Why Do Some Democracies Emphasize Representation While Others Emphasize Ruling?
The Westminster Model of Democracy
The Consensus Model of Democracy
Ideological Change or Ideological Decline?
The End of History?
Post-Materialism in an Environment of Insecurity
Value Change in Industrial Societies
Systems and Institutions
Realignment or Dealignment?
New Forms of Democracy? Reform and Transformation of Democratic Institutions
The Extreme Right: Defining the Object and Assessing the Causes
Do Electoral Institutions Matter?
Why Study Electoral Systems? and General Features of Electoral Systems
Who Has the Right to Vote?
What Executive Style Is Most Favorable to Democracy?
The Perils of Presidentialism
What Makes Presidential Democracies Fragile?
Juan Linz, Presidentialism, and Democracy: A Critical Appraisal
The State and National Sovereignty
What Is the Importance of the Nation-State in an Age of Globalization?
The Eclipse of the State? Reflections on Stateness in an Era of Globalization
Sense and Nonsense in the Globalization Debate
Should the Nation-State Be Replaced by Larger Political Units?
The Case Against "Europe"
The EU and Its "Constitution": Public Opinion, Political Elites, and Their International Context
Understanding the Dutch "No": The Euro, the East, and the Elite
Modernization
Does Modernization Lead to Stable and Effective Democracy?
Rapid Growth as a Destabilizing Force
Toward a Non-Ethnocentric Theory of Development
Is Dependency Theory an Explanation or an Ideology?
Dependency and Imperialism: The Roots of Latin American Underdevelopment
Structuring the Concepts of Dependency Reversal
Violence and Revolution
Which Approach, Macro or Micro, Best Explains Political Violence?
A Causal Model of Civil Strife: A Comparative Analysis Using New Indices
Social Revolutions and Mass Military Mobilization
The Clash of Civilizations?
Transitions to Democracy
What Causes Transitions to Democracy?
Political Regime Change: Structure and Process-Driven Explanations
Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model
Can Democratic Transition Be Consolidated?
Illusions about Consolidation
Toward Consolidated Democracies
Are There Cultural Requisites for Democracy?
Review of Edward Friedman, Ed., The Politics of Democratization: Generalizing East Asian Experiences
A Revised Theory of Modernization
Index
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