Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure

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Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Political Science - 321 pages
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Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure examines the major research traditions in comparative politics, assessing knowledge, advancing theory, and in the end seeking to direct research in the coming years. It begins by examining the three research schools that guide comparative politics: rational choice theory, culturalist analysis, and structuralist approaches. Margaret Levi, Marc Howard Ross, and Ira Katznelson offer briefs for each of the schools, presenting core principles, variations within each approach, and fresh combinations. A second set of authors then applies the research traditions to established fields of scholarship. Samuel H. Barnes examines work on mass politics, Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly synthesize studies of social movements and revolutions, Peter A. Hall contrasts new research on the political economy of established democracies, and Joel S. Migdal offers a new approach to studies of the state
 

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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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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 a Professor of Political Science, and former chair of the department, at Brown University and a research professor at the DIW (German Institute of Economic Research). He has served as a visiting professor and scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Istituto di Scienze Umane, Florence, Italy, New York University, the University of Pisa, Stanford University, Tel-Aviv University, and the University of Essex. He is the author of Politics of Faction: Christian Democratic Rule in Italy and Doing Political Science; co-author of The Transformation of the Jews; editor of The Social Logic of Politics: Personal Networks as Contexts for Political Behavior; and co-editor of Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (Cambridge University Press, 1997). In addition, Professor Zuckerman has published numerous articles in leading political science journals.

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