Principles of Comparative Politics

Principles of Comparative Politics

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By (author) William Roberts Clark, By (author) Sona Nadenichek Golder, By (author) Matthew R. Golder

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  • Publisher: CQ Press
  • Format: Paperback | 928 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 228mm x 34mm | 1,280g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 1608716791
  • ISBN 13: 9781608716791
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 194,003

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The book's outstanding pedagogy includes chapter opener overviews, bolded key terms and a marginal glossary, more than 250 tables and figures, numerous photos and maps, end of chapter problem sets, and new works cited and country-specific bibliographies.

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William Roberts Clark is associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Capitalism, Not Globalism, and his articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, and European Union Politics, among other journals. He has been teaching at a wide variety of public and private schools (William Paterson College, Rutgers University, Georgia Tech, Princeton, New York University, and the University of Michigan) for over a decade. Matt Golder was previously assistant professor of political science at Florida State University. He is the author of articles which have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and Political Analysis among other journals. He has taught classes on comparative politics, advanced industrialized democracies, quantitative methods, and European politics at the University of Iowa, Florida State University, and the University of Essex. Sona Nadenichek Golder was previously assistant professor of political science at Florida State University. She is the author of The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation, and has published articles in the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and European Union Politics. She teaches courses on European politics, democracies and dictatorships, comparative institutions, game theory, and comparative politics at Florida State University and was a Mentor-in-Residence for the 2007 Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Program at UCLA .

Table of contents

PART ONE: WHAT IS COMPARATIVE POLITICS? Introduction What Is Science? What Is Politics? PART TWO: THE MODERN STATE: DEMOCRACY OR DICTATORSHIP? The Origins of the Modern State Democracy and Dictatorship: Conceptualization and Measurement The Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship Cultural Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship Democratic Transitions Democracy or Dictatorship: Does it make a Difference? PART THREE: VARIETIES OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP Varieties of Dictatorship Problems with Group Decision Making Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies: Making and Breaking Governments Elections and Electoral Systems Social Cleavages and Party Systems Institutional Veto Players PART FOUR: VARIETIES OF DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL OUTCOMES Consequences of Democratic Institutions