Comparative Government and Politics

Comparative Government and Politics : An Introduction

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The classic introduction to political science has been comprehensively updated for this new edition. Retaining the clarity of expression and breadth of coverage that has made it the introduction of choice for generations of students, it provides a lively and up-to-date account of the events and forces shaping politics in today's interconnected world. Thoroughly updated throughout, this new edition includes separate chapters on theoretical approaches and research strategies in political science, as well as increased coverage of security, media, culture, law and regulation. Carefully designed learning features illustrate the text throughout. These include: * full-page Profiles on individual countries and the European Union, with associated Spotlights linked to each chapter * on-page glossary definitions for key terms and timelines of key events * guides to additional learning resources for each chapter * a companion website providing additional resources and activities The companion website is available at and provides: * a dictionary of comparative politics * debates showing both sides of major controversies * interactive quizzes and essay questions * a guide to comparative politics on the internet * web links and an at-a-glance guide to chapter references * chapter summaries
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 188 x 244 x 28mm | 898.11g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 8th Revised edition
  • 15 colour tables, 24 figures, 3 maps
  • 0230231020
  • 9780230231023
  • 144,003

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Reviews of current edition: 'Already the best general introduction to comparative political science on the market, this textbook gets better and better with new sections in this new edition providing additional coverage of how the core theoretical ideas in modern political science explain political behaviour and institutions' - Simon Hix, LSE 'A compelling introduction to the major concepts, controversies, approaches and techniques needed to understand an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Clearly written, accessible, and well supported by careful use of the evidence, this first-rate textbook provides a firm foundation for informed debate on comparative politics' - Pippa Norris, Harvard University Reviews of previous editions: 'An excellent introductory text which thoughtfully and effectively combines political analysis with substantive comparison.' - B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh 'The best introductory textbook in the field, up to date and full of useful examples.' - Dr Reuven Hazan, The Hebrew University 'Intelligent, comprehensive and insightful, this book is a boon for both students and their teachers. Long established as one of the best introductions to political science and comparative politics it still manages to get even better with each successive edition.' - Professor Peter Mair, University of Leiden
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About Rod Hague

ROD HAGUE was formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle, UK. MARTIN HARROP is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle, UK.
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Table of contents

PART I: CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES Political Concepts Theoretical Approaches Research Strategies PART II: STATES AND REGIMES The State Democracy Authoritarian Rule PART III: POLITICAL MOBILIZATION Political Culture Political Communication Political Participation Elections and Voters Political Parties Interest Groups PART IV: GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE Constitutions and Law Multilevel Governance Legislatures The Political Executive Public Administration PART V: PUBLIC POLICY AND POLITICAL ECONOMY The Policy Process Political Economy
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