Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure

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Mark Irving Lichbach, Alan S. Zuckerman
Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1997 - Political Science - 321 pages
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Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure brings together leading political scientists to assess the research schools that direct scholarship in comparative politics. It examines rational choice theory, culturalist analysis, and structuralist approaches, by applying them to the study of electoral politics, social movements and revolutions, political economy and the state. The essays return analysis to basic questions concerning the development of theory and the nature of explanations. The contributors are established scholars and pioneers in the various sub-fields of comparative politics.
  

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Contents

Research Traditions and Theory in Comparative Politics An Introduction
3
Research Traditions in Comparative Politics
17
A Model a Method and a Map Rational Choice in Comparative and Historical Analysis
19
Culture and Identity in Comparative Political Analysis
42
Structure and Configuration in Comparative Politics
81
Theory Development in Comparative Politics
113
Electoral Behavior and Comparative Politics
115
Toward an Integrated Perspective on Social Movements and Revolution
142
The Role of Interests Institutions and Ideas in the Comparative Political Economy of the Industrialized Nations
174
Studying the State
208
Social Theory and Explanations in Comparative Politics
237
Social Theory and Comparative Politics
239
Reformulating Explanatory Standards and Advancing Theory in Comparative Politics
277
Subject Index
311
Author Index
313
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About the author (1997)

Mark I. Lichbach is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. He received a BA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an MA from Brown University and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the award-winning The Rebel's Dilemma, and of numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals in political science, economics and sociology. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and private foundations. Lichbach has served as book review editor of the American Political Science Review, editor of the University of Michigan Press's series on interests, identities, and institutions, and as chair of three political science departments: the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado and the University of California, Riverside.

Alan S. Zuckerman is Professor of Political Science at Brown, University. Zuckerman's scholarship has focused on the analytical principles of comparative politics; the social context of political preferences, choice, and behavior; the individual and the state in established democracies; and the political structure of small groups. He is also the author, coauthor, editor, and co-editor of several books, including most recently Partisan Families: the Social Logic of Bounded Partisanship in Germany and Britain (2007) and The Social Logic of Politics: Personal Networks as Contexts for Political Behavior (2005). He has also published numerous articles in the leading journals of political science, as well as monographs in the United States, Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Israel.

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