Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary World

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Routledge, 2009 - Political Science - 623 pages
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Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary World is an exciting new core text for introduction to comparative politics courses, focusing on the dynamics of politics: modernization, revolution, coups and democratization.

Unlike other texts, Comparative Politics integrates thematic and extensive country-specific material in each chapter, striking a unique balance between discussing a wide range of countries and civilizations in detail, whilst using shorter focused textboxes to clearly illustrate key thematic points.

Key features and benefits include:

  • explanations of core concepts such as state, nation, regime, legitimacy, modernization, globalization, revolution, and mass movements
  • an introduction of key theoretical approaches such as institutionalism, structural functionalism, political culture, political economy, and game theory
  • detailed coverage of democratization, advanced democracies, developing countries and communist and post-communist states
  • a range of perspectives to present a nuanced view of the discipline and contemporary political developments
  • case studies of individual countries including Germany, the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria, Zaire/Congo, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Pakistan, India, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the People s Republic of China
  • country-focused textboxes giving a chronology of key developments, including the United Kingdom, France, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.

Extensively illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, tables and explanatory boxes, Comparative Politics is an innovative core text, and essential reading for all students of Comparative Politics.

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Continuity and breakdown
17
How the breakdown of the traditional order led to the modern world
54
3 The requisites of democratic continuity
97
4 Democratic institutions
138
Breakdown in the face of mass movements
181
6 Revolutionary movements in the contemporary world
222
Breakdown engineered by elite actors
265
10 Democratization and economic reform in the communist world
398
11 The politics of contemporary patrimonial rule
441
12 Hybrid regimes
487
13 New political actors and new ideologies in the postmodern era
522
14 The future of democracy
559
Glosssary
580
References
591
Index
603

8 Military regimes
314
9 Democratization in the noncommunist world
360

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About the author (2009)

Paul W. Zagorski is Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the International Studies Program at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, USA.

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