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Political Science A Comparative Introduction

ISBN-10: 1137324031
ISBN-13: 9781137324030
Edition: 7th (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Edition: 7th
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Long established as the leading text in the field, the new edition has been comprehensively updated and rewritten. Accessible, student-friendly and truly international in its coverage, this edition includes an brand new chapter on voters and increased coverage of rising powers, such as India and Brazil.

List of illustrative material
Preface
Guide to learning features
Guide to profiles
Studying politics
Political concepts
Politics
Government, political system and governance
Comparative politics
Classifying governments
Power, authority and legitimacy
The state, sovereignty and citizenship
Nations and nationalism
Ideology, left and right
The state
Emergence and expansion
Restructuring
Contemporary challenges
The diversity of states
The state and intergovernmental organizations
Democracy
Democracy and expertise
Direct democracy
Representation
Liberal democracy
Democracy and modernization
Waves of democracy
Recent transitions
Authoritarian rule
Authoritarian rule
Personal despotism
Monarchy
Ruling parties
Ruling presidents
Military rule
Theocracy
Competitive authoritarian regimes
Theoretical approaches
The institutional approach
The behavioural approach
The structural approach
The rational choice approach
The interpretive approach
Conclusion
Mobilization and participation
Political culture
The civic culture
Political trust and social capital
Generations and postmaterial values
Civilizations and religion
Elite political culture
Political culture in authoritarian states
Political communication
Media development
Media structures
Media impact
Political communication in authoritarian states
Political participation
Participation in liberal democracies
Women and political participation
Social movements
Public opinion
Participation in authoritarian states
Interest groups
Classifying interest groups
Pluralism, iron triangles and issue networks
Channels of influence
Ingredients of influence
Interest groups in authoritarian states
Political parties
Party origins
Party organization
Party members
Selecting candidates and leaders
Party finances
Social cleavages
Party systems
Parties in authoritarian states
Elections
Scope and franchise
Electing legislatures
Electing presidents
Electoral systems: design and reform
Election campaigns
Messages and mandates
The referendum, initiative, and recall
Elections in authoritarian states
Voters
Party identification
Partisan dealignment
The social base
The rational voter
Issue voting
The economy
Leaders' personalities
Turnout
Government and governance
Constitutions and law
Common law and civil law
Constitutions
The courts and judicial review
European Court of Justice
Judicial activism
Judicial independence and recruitment
Judicial decision-making
Administrative law
Law in authoritarian states
Multilevel governance
Multilevel governance
Federalism
The European Union
Unitary states
Regional governance
Local governance
Central-local relations in authoritarian slates
Legislatures
Structure
Functions
Committees
Members
The European Parliament
Legislatures in authoritarian states
The political executive
Presidential government
Parliamentary government
Semi-presidential government
The executive of the European Union
The executive in authoritarian states
The bureaucracy
Evolution
Recruitment
Organization
Accountability
New public management
E-government
The bureaucracy in authoritarian states
The policy process
Models
Stages
Instruments
Diffusion
The policy process in authoritarian states
Research strategies
Comparative methods
Case studies
Comparative studies
Qualitative comparisons
Quantitative comparisons
Historical analysis
References
Index

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