Comparative politics: interests, identities, and institutions in a changing global order

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Jeffrey Kopstein, Mark Irving Lichbach
Cambridge University Press, Jul 21, 2008 - Political Science - 624 pages
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Now in its third edition, this unique textbook remains a favorite for introductory undergraduate courses in comparative politics. It features twelve theoretically and historically grounded country studies that show how the three major concepts of comparative analysis-interests, identities, and institutions-shape the politics of nations and regions. Written in a style free of heavy-handed jargon and organized to address the concerns of contemporary comparativists, this textbook provides students with the conceptual tools and historical background they need to understand the politics of our complex world. This third edition introduces completely new chapters on the European Union, France, and Nigeria.

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Contents

What Is Comparative Politics?
1
Concepts and Methods
4
The Framework of Analysis
16
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Jeffrey Kopstein is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany 1945 1989, and coeditor of Comparative Politics: Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order.

Mark Lichbach is Professor and Chair of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author or editor of many books, including the award-winning The Rebel's Dilemma, and of numerous articles in scholarly journals.

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