Comparative Politics: Principles of Democracy and Democratization

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 1, 2011 - Political Science - 264 pages
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By revealing the contextual conditions which promote or hinder democratic development, Comparative Politics shows how democracy may not be the best institutional arrangement given a country's unique set of historical, economic, social, cultural and international circumstances. 

  • Addresses the contextual conditions which promote or hinder democratic development
  • Reveals that democracy may not be the best institutional arrangement given a country's unique set of historical, economic, social, cultural and international circumstances
  • Applies theories and principles relating to the promotion of the development of democracy to the contemporary case studies
 

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Contents

Comparative Politics and Democracy
1
Democracy and Democratization in Historical Perspective
26
Economics and Political Development
67
Political Culture and Ethnopolitics
89
Social Structure and Politics
118
Democratization and the Global Environment
134
Electoral Systems
157
Legislatures and Executives
177
Comparative Judicial Politics and the Territorial Arrangement of the Political System
200
Principles in Application
221
Index
238
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John T. Ishiyama is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Political Science Education. Professor Ishiyama is the author of six books and over 100 articles on political science-related issues. He studies the politics of post-communist eastern and central Europe and Africa (especially Ethiopia).

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