Case Studies in Comparative Politics

ISBN-10: 020574009X

ISBN-13: 9780205740093

Edition: 2013 (Revised)

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Debuting in its first edition and written by a new generation of area studies experts, Case Studies in Comparative Politics follows a questions-based approach that helps readers understand different countries' political histories, institutions, identities, and interests and why each country is politically interesting and relevant. When used on its own or with the accompanying thematic survey, Case Studies in Comparative Politics asks and answers the same important questions that political scientists research and that are relevant to anyone interested in politics.
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List price: $79.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 2/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Chapter Question: Why study country cases in comparative politics?
Comparative Politics
Why These Ten Countries?
Chapter Framework
Historical Overview
Early versus Late-forming States
Globalization and the State
Democratic Regimes
Non-Democratic Regimes
Regime Change
Economic and Cultural Forms of Identity
Political-Identity Cleavages
The Sources of Political Identity
Social Movement
Interest Groups
Political Parties
The Contemporary Context
Political Violence
Political Economy
United Kingdom
Chapter Question: How did limited government emerge in a country without a written constitution?
Introduction to the United Kingdom
Historical Overview of the United Kingdom
The Establishment of the State
The Gradual Emergence of Limited Government
Twentieth-Century Developments
The Contemporary United Kingdom
Institutions of the United Kingdom
Institutions Promoting Effective Government
Factors Supporting Limited Government
Identities in the United Kingdom
Class Identity
Regional, Religious, and Ethnic Identities
Gender and Quality-of-Life Issues
Interests in the United Kingdom
Business and Labor in the Party System
"Policy Communities" in Britain
Civil Society and Social Movements in the United Kingdom
Mass Media
Chapter Question: How did Germany overcome its tumultuous history and become a healthy democracy?
Introduction to Germany
Historical Overview of Germany
The Second Reich
The Weimar Republic
The Nazi Regime
The Postwar Era: Division and Reunification
Institutions of Germany
"Chancellor Democracy"
The Judiciary
International Institutions
Identities in Germany
Pre-War Identities
Political Culture after WWII
Incorporating East Germany
Immigration and German Identity
Interests in Germany
The Postwar Settlement
Political Parties
Challenges to the German Model
Chapter Question: Why do French citizens engage in such frequent and dramatic forms of protest?
Introduction to France
Historical Overview of France
From the Middle Ages to the Ancien R�gime
The French Revolution and Its Aftermath
Regime Change in the Nineteenth Century
Consolidating Democracy in the Twentieth Century
Institutions of France
Semi-Presidential Democracy and the Executive Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Judicial Branch
Electoral Institutions
Identities in France
Class Divisions
Nationalism and Its Challengers
Religious Identities versus La�cit�
Post-Materialist Identities
Interests in France
Interest Groups
Political Parties
The Interests of the State
Examples of Protest
Chapter Question: How did a single political party dominate Japan's democracy for more than half a century?
Introduction to Japan
Historical Overview of Japan
The Tokugawa Era
The Meiji Era
Economic Growth and the Rise and Decline of Democracy before World War II
Rebuilding in the Postwar Era
The 1990s
The 2000s
Institutions of Japan
Electoral System
The Weak Judiciary
The Powerful Bureaucracy
Identities of Japan
Japanese Homogeneity
Class Identity
Status in Japan
Disadvantaged Position of Women
Interests in Japan
Postwar Interests
Environmental Interest Groups
Modern versus Traditional Interests
Koizumi's Reforms and the Fall of the LDP
Chapter Question: Why has democracy persisted in India despite its colonial legacies of ethnic and religious strife, and widespread poverty and illiteracy?
Introduction to India
Historical Overview of India
The Mughal Empire
The British Empire
The Difficult Legacy of Colonialism
Institutions of India
Civil-Military Relations
The Judiciary
Political Parties
Election Commission
Identities in India
The Changing Politics of Caste Identity
Interests in India
Ethnic and Minority Interests
Rural Interests
The Poor
Business Interests
Freedom of the Press and Mass Media
Chapter Question: Why is Mexico's democratic government unable to deal effectively with persistent poverty, corruption, and drug trafficking?
Introduction to Mexico
Historical Overview of Mexico
Colonial Mexico
Independent Mexico
The 1910 Revolution
The Establishment of One-Party Rule, 1917-1940
PRI Hegemony: 1940-1970
The Decline of the PRI: 1970-2000
Institutions of Mexico
Executive-Legislative Relations
The Judiciary
Electoral Institutions
Identities in Mexico
Forming National Identity under the PRI
Ethnicity Makes a Comeback
Political Cleavages and Electoral Behavior
Interests in Mexico
Political Parties
Social Movements
Interest Groups
Chapter Question: Why has Russia failed to consolidate democracy, remaining in many ways an authoritarian regime?
Introduction to Russia
Historical Overview of Russia
Geography and the Formation of the Russian State
The Russian Revolution and the Rise of the USSR
Reform and the Collapse of the USSR
Institutions in Russia
Constitutional Crisis 1992-1993
The Constitution: President, Prime Minister, and Parliament
The "Tandemocracy" of President and Prime M inister
Identities in Russia
Ethnic Politics
Chechnya and the Politics of the Caucasus
Russian Nationalism
What Happened to Class Identity?
Religious Identity
Interests in Russia
Economic Reform, Economic Collapse, and the Rise of the "Oligarchs"
Putin, the Fall of the Oligarchs, and Business Interests
Political Parties
Social Movements
Chapter Question: What factors account for Nigeria's poor economic and political performance since independence?
Introduction to Nigeria
Historical Overview of Nigeria
The Pre-Colonial Period: A Diverse Territory
Colonial Nigeria: Unequal Regional Development
Nigeria since Independence: Political and Economic Crisis
Institutions of Nigeria
Nigeria's Political Institutions in Theory
Nigeria's Political Institutions in Practice
A "Critically Weak" State
Oil Dependence and State Weakness
Identities in Nigeria
Ethnic Diversity: Is Nigeria Too Diverse to Govern?
Ethnicity, Oil, and Violent Conflict
Interests of Nigeria
Political Parties
Where Is the Working Class?
Economic Interest Groups
Ethno-Regional Groups
The Military
Chapter Question: How has China's authoritarian regime managed to build and consolidate state strength in just 60 years?
Introduction to China
Historical Overview of China
The Chinese Empire
The Chinese Republic
Consolidating the People's Republic of China
Mao's Attack on the State
The Emergence of the Contemporary PRC
Institutions of China
China's Elite Institutions
Local State Government
The Military
Identities in China
From Totalitarian to Authoritarian Identities
Nationalism as a Unifying Force
Ethnicity and Religion as Potentially Divisive Forces
Interests in China
State Organizations: The Case of the Military
Local Governments
The Media
Industrial and Professional Groups
Non-Governmental Organizations
Chinese Citizens
Chapter Question: How does a dynamic civil society survive under repressive non-democratic governments in Iran?
Introduction to Iran
Historical Overview of Iran
Ancient Persia: From the Achaemenids to Sassanids
The Safavids and the Spread of Islam
Oil and the Rise of Nationalism in the Twentieth Century
The 1979 Iranian Revolution
Khatami and the Limits of Reform, 1997-2005
Ahmadinejad and Conservative Reaction, 2005-Present
Institutions of Iran
Republican Institutions
Islamic Institutions
Identities of Iran
Pre-Islamic "Persian": Achaemenids to Sassanids
Ethnic Identities
Religious Identities
Social Classes
Post-Revolutionary "Hybrid" Identities
Women in the Vanguard
Interests in Iran
Military Interests
Political Interests
Organized Interests
Nuclear and Scientific Interests
Examples of Protest
Subject Index
Name Index
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