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Comparative Politics Today

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Combining thematic chapters and country cases, Comparative Politics Today: A World View sets the standard for introducing the field of comparative politics and for illustrating how to compare the world's political systems. This text begins by laying out a proven analytical framework that is accessible for students new to the field; it is then consistently implemented in twelve authoritative country cases not only to introduce students to what politics and governments are like around the world but to also understand the importance of their similarities and differences. Written by leading comparativists and area study specialists, Comparative Politics Today helps to sort through the world's complexity and to recognize patterns that lead to genuine political insight.
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1) Brief Table of Contents2) Full Table of Contents 1) Brief Table of Contents PART ONE: INTRODUCTIONChapter 1: Issues in Comparative PoliticsChapter 2: Comparing Political Systems PART TWO: SYSTEM, PROCESS, AND POLICYChapter 3: Political Culture and Political SocializationChapter 4: Interest ArticulationChapter 5: Interest Aggregation and Political PartiesChapter 6: Government and PolicymakingChapter 7: Public Policy PART THREE: COUNTRY STUDIESChapter 8: Politics in Britain by Richard Rose Chapter 9: Politics in France by Martin A. SchainChapter 10: Politics in Germany by Russell J. DaltonChapter 11: Politics in Japan by Frances Rosenbluth and Michael F. ThiesChapter 12: Politics in Russia by Thomas F. RemingtonChapter 13: Politics in China by Melanie ManionChapter 14: Politics in Mexico by Wayne A. Cornelius and Jeffrey A. WeldonChapter 15: Politics in Brazil by Frances Hagopian and Timothy J. PowerChapter 16: Politics in Iran by H.E. Chehabi and Arang KeshavarzianChapter 17: Politics in India by Subrata K. MitraChapter 18: Politics in Nigeria by A. Carl LeVan, Robert J. Mundt, and Oladimeji AborisadeChapter 19: Politics in the United States by Thad Kousser and Austin Ranney 2) Full Table of Contents Part I: Introduction Chapter 1: Issues in Comparative PoliticsWhat is Politics?Governments and the State of NatureWhy Governments?When Does Government Become the ProblemPolitical Systems and StatesThe Diversity of StatesChallenges: Building CommunityFostering Economic DevelopmentFostering Democracy, Human Rights, and Civil LibertiesLooking Forward Chapter 2: Comparing Political SystemsWhy We CompareHow We CompareHow We Explain and PredictPolitical Systems: Environment and InterdependencePolitical Systems: Structures and FunctionsAn Illustrative Comparison: Regime Change in Russia The Policy Level: Performance, Outcome, and Evaluation Part II: System, Process, and Policy Chapter 3: Political Culture and Political Socialization Mapping the Three Levels of Political Culture Why Culture Matters Political Socialization Agents of Political Socialization Trends Shaping Contemporary Political Cultures Chapter 4: Interest Articulation Citizen Action How Citizens Participate Interest Groups Civil SocietyInterest Group Systems Access to the Influential Policy Perspectives on Interest Articulation Interest Group Development Chapter 5: Interest Aggregation and Political Parties Personal Interest Aggregation Institutional Interest Aggregation Competitive Party Systems and Interest Aggregation Authoritarian Party Systems The Military and Interest Aggregation Trends in Interest Aggregation Significance of Interest Aggregation Chapter 6: Government and Policymaking Constitutions and Decision Rules Democracy and Authoritarianism Separation of Government Powers Geographic Distribution of Government Power Limitations on Government Power Checking the Top Policymakers Assemblies Political Executives The Bureaucracy Part III: Country Studies Chapter 7: Politics in Britain Richard RoseCountry Bio-United Kingdom Policy Challenges Facing British Government The Environment of Politics: One Crown but Five Nations The Legacy of History The Structure of Government The Cabinet and Cabinet Ministers Political Culture and Legitimacy Political Socialization Political Participation Political RecruitmentOrganizing Group Interests Party System and Electoral Choice Centralized Authority and Decentralized Delivery of Policies Why Public Policy Matters Policy Outcomes in Society Chapter 8: Politics in France Martin A. SchainCountry Bio-France Current Policy Challenges A Historical Perspective Economy and Society The Constitutional TraditionPolitical Culture Political Socialization Recruitment and Style of Elites Interest Groups Political Parties Patterns of Voting Policy Processes The State and Territorial Relations Performance and Prospects Chapter 9: Politics in Germany Russell J. DaltonCountry Bio-Germany Current Policy Challenges The Historical Legacy Following Two Paths Social Forces The Institutions and Structure of Government Remaking Political Cultures Political Learning and Political Communication Citizen Participation Politics at the Elite Level Interest Groups Party GovernmentThe Party System The Role of Elections The Policymaking Process Policy Performance Addressing the Policy Challenges After the Revolution Chapter 10: Politics in Japan Frances Rosenbluth and Michael F. ThiesCountry Bio-Japan Current Policy Challenges Historical Origins of the Modern Japanese State The Occupation Political Culture and Issue CleavagesPolitical SocializationPolitical Participation and Voting BehaviorThe Japanese Party SystemInterest GroupsThe Policymaking ProcessPolicy PerformanceConcluding Thoughts About Japanese Politics Chapter 11: Politics in Russia Thomas F. RemingtonCountry Bio-Russia Ensuring Continuity of Power Current Policy Challenges Historical Legacies The Contemporary Constitutional Order Russian Political Culture in the Post-Soviet Period Political Participation Interest Articulation: Between Statism and Pluralism Parties and the Aggregation of Interests The Politics of Economic Reform Rule Adjudication: Toward the Rule of Law Russia and the International Community Chapter 12: Politics in China Melanie ManionCountry Bio-China Current Policy Challenges Historical Setting Social Conditions Structure of the Party-State Political Socialization Political Culture Political Participation Interest Articulation and Aggregation Policymaking and Implementation Policy Performance Hong Kong Taiwan China's Political Future Chapter 13: Politics in Mexico Wayne A. Cornelius and Jeffrey A. WeldonCountry Bio-Mexico Current Policy Challenges Historical Perspectives Political Culture Mass Political SocializationPolitical ParticipationPolitical Structure and Institutions Recruiting the Political Elite Interest Representation and Political Control Political Parties Government Performance Mexico's Political Future Chapter 14: Politics in Brazil Frances HagopianCountry Bio-Brazil Current Policy Challenges Historical Perspectives Economy and Society Institutions and Structures of Government Political Culture Socialization and Mass Communication Political Recruitment and Political Participation Interest Groups Political Parties and Elections The Policymaking Process Policy Performance International Relations Prospects for the Future Chapter 15: Politics in Iran H. E. Chehabi and Arang KeshavarzianCountry Bio-Iran Current Policy Challenges Historical Legacy Institutions of the Islamic Republic Elections and Parties Political Culture Political Socialization Recruiting the Political Elite Interest Articulation and Aggregation Policy Formulation Policy Outcomes Conclusion Chapter 16: Politics in India Subrata K. MitraCountry Bio-India Current Policy Challenges History in the Making of Contemporary PoliticsThe "Givens" of Indian Society Political Institutions and the Policy Process The Federal Structure The Articulation of Interests The Party System Political Culture Elections and ParticipationPolitical Recruitment Policy Outputs: Economics, Welfare, and PovertyConclusion: Democracy and Development Chapter 17: Politics in Nigeria Robert J. Mundt, Oladimeji Aborisade, and A. Carl LeVanCountry Bio-Nigeria Current Policy Challenges The Effects of History Environmental Potential and Limitations Political Culture and Subcultures Political Socialization Political Recruitment Political Structure Interest Articulation Political Participation Parties and Elections Policy Formation and Implementation Nigeria in Africa and in the World Prospects for Development Chapter 18: Politics in the United States Thad Kousser and Austin RanneyCountry Bio-the United States Current Policy Challenges HistorySocial ConditionsThe Constitutional System Political Culture and Socialization Political Participation and RecruitmentRecruitment of Leaders Interest Articulation: PACs and Pressure GroupsThe Special Characteristics of American Political Parties The Policymaking Process in America Policy Performance American Exceptionalism: Myth or Reality? Index

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