Comparative Politics Approaches and Issues
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Beginning with an introduction to the field of comparative politics, this clear and complete text moves on to explore new, innovative directions in the field. Leading scholar Howard J. Wiarda explores its main approaches, including political development, political culture, dependency theory, corporatism, indigenous theories of change, state-society relations, rational choice, and the new institutionalism. The book then turns its attention to the hot issues in the field. The book concludes with a stimulating discussion of whether the great systems debates of the past (socialism vs. capitalism, democracy vs. authoritarianism) are now over, and points to some of the next important study and research frontiers. Students, professors, and general readers will all find Comparative Politics current, provocative, and well writtena truly balanced overview.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Tables and Figures|
|The Field of Comparative Politics|
|New Directions in Comparative Politics|
|Approaches to the Field|
|Political Culture and Comparative Politics|
|Corporatism and Comparative Politics|
|Indigenous Theories of Change|
|Political Development Revisited-and Its Alternatives|
|Comparative Democracy and Democratization|
|Is Civil Society Exportable?|
|The Developing Nations: What Works in Development-and What Doesn't|
|Frontiers of Research in Comparative Politics|
|Comparative Politics: Toward New Frontiers|
|The End of the Great Systems Debate? Implications for Comparative Politics|
|About the Author|