Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2012 - Political Science - 584 pages
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Balancing theory with application and featuring an exciting full-color design and an engaging, student-friendly writing style, COMPARATIVE POLITICS uses a unique theme--Domestic Responses to Global Challenges--to introduce key concepts and examine the growing interdependence of strong and weak states. COMPARATIVE POLITICS takes an in-depth look at eleven countries and the European Union, framed within broader discussions in the part-opening chapters on Industrialized Democracies, Communist Regimes, and Less Developed Countries. Four additional countries are available as online chapters or in a custom print solution: Brazil, Canada, Japan, and South Africa. The introduction establishes a comparative structure based on five themes: conflict, democratization, economic liberalization, globalization, and challenges, which are then explored for each country. The countries discussed are categorized by economic development, helping students hone their skills of comparison, synthesis, and interpretation by studying countries of similar economic status. With this uniquely effective text, students can gain an understanding of important political trends and concepts, an exposure to politics in a number of countries, and a desire to dig more deeply into the fascinating field of comparative politics.
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Industrialized Democracies
Part 3 The Crisis of Communism
Part 4 The Global South
Part 5 Conclusion

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Charles "Chip" Hauss wears two professional hats. He is the author of books on conflict resolution, comparative politics, and international relations. In 2013, he became editor of a series of books on Peace and Security in the Twenty-First Century and will write its first volume, tentatively entitled Security 2.0. He is also Government Liaison at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA and PhD from The University of Michigan. Before joining the Alliance, he spent 17 years each teaching at Colby College, Reading University (UK), and George Mason University. Hauss has taught a variety of courses in comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies. As an academic and as an activist, his work has been held together by an interest in and commitment to large scale, nonviolent political and social change. He can be reached at

Melissa Haussman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ontario, Canada. She teaches in both the U.S. politics and comparative North American fields. Her scholarship has generally focused on questions of women's access to power through gendered policymaking on reproductive rights in North America and representation in political institutions. She is the author of numerous works, including the books ABORTION POLITICS IN NORTH AMERICA (Lynne Rienner Press, 2005), and co-editor of FEDERALISM, FEMINISM, AND MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE (Ashgate Press, June 2010) and GENDERING THE STATE IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION: WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS AND STATE FEMINISM IN THE POST-INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACIES (Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2007). Book chapters include: "Framing the Harper Government: 'Gender Neutral' Electoral Appeals while Being Gender-Negative in Caucus," (with L. Pauline Rankin) in Allan M. Maslove, ed., HOW OTTAWA SPENDS, 2009-10 (McGill-Queen's University Press); and "Buy American or Buy Canadian? Government Procurement Policies under International Trade Agreements," in G. Bruce Doern and Chris Stoney, eds., HOW OTTAWA SPENDS, 2010-11 (McGill-Queen's); journal articles include: "Can a Woman be Elected President? Strategic Considerations under Reformed Nomination and Financing Rules," White House Studies, 1, 3 (Nov 2001): 349-366.

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