Principles of Comparative Politics

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William Roberts Clark, Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenichek Golder’s groundbreaking Principles of Comparative Politics offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. In this thoroughly revised Third Edition, readers have an even better guide to cross-national comparison and why it matters. Readers are offered a new intuitive take on statistical analyses and a clearer explanation of how to interpret regression results; a thoroughly-revised chapter on culture and democracy that now includes a more extensive discussion of cultural modernization theory and a new overview of survey methods for addressing sensitive topics; and a revised chapter on dictatorships that incorporates a principal-agent framework for understanding authoritarian institutions.

Examples from the gender and politics literature have been incorporated into various chapters and empirical examples and data on various types of institutions have been updated. The book's outstanding pedagogy includes more than 250 tables and figures, numerous photos and maps, end of chapter exercises and problem sets, and a broader set of works cited.

New to this Edition

  • A new intuitive take on statistical analyses and a clearer explanation of how to interpret regression results are included.
  • A thoroughly-revised chapter on culture and democracy includes a more extensive discussion of cultural modernization theory and a new overview of survey methods for addressing sensitive topics.
  • A revised chapter on dictatorships incorporates a principal-agent framework for understanding authoritarian institutions.
  • Examples from the gender and politics literature have been incorporated into various chapters.
  • Empirical examples and data on various types of institutions have been updated.
  • Online videos and tutorials guide students through some of the methodological components addressed in the book.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER 2 WHAT IS SCIENCE?
15
CHAPTER 3 WHAT IS POLITICS?
47
CHAPTER 4 THE ORIGINS OF THE MODERN STATE
89
CONCEPTUALIZATION AND MEASUREMENT
145
CHAPTER 6 THE ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
175
CHAPTER 7 THE CULTURAL DETERMINANTS OF DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP
223
CHAPTER 8 DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONS
269
CHAPTER 11 PROBLEMS WITH GROUP DECISION MAKING
409
CHAPTER 12 PARLIAMENTARY PRESIDENTIAL AND SEMIPRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRACIES
453
CHAPTER 13 ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
521
CHAPTER 14 SOCIAL CLEAVAGES AND PARTY SYSTEMS
585
CHAPTER 15 INSTITUTIONAL VETO PLAYERS
645
CHAPTER 16 CONSEQUENCES OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
701
REFERENCES
783
INDEX
827

DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
329
CHAPTER 10 VARIETIES OF DICTATORSHIP
353

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About the author (2017)

William Roberts Clark is associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Capitalism, Not Globalism, and his articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, and European Union Politics, among other journals. He has been teaching at a wide variety of public and private schools (William Paterson College, Rutgers University, Georgia Tech, Princeton, New York University, and the University of Michigan) for over a decade.

Matt Golder was previously assistant professor of political science at Florida State University. He is the author of articles which have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and Political Analysis among other journals. He has taught classes on comparative politics, advanced industrialized democracies, quantitative methods, and European politics at the University of Iowa, Florida State University, and the University of Essex.

Sona Nadenichek Golder was previously assistant professor of political science at Florida State University. She is the author of The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation, and has published articles in the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and European Union Politics. She teaches courses on European politics, democracies and dictatorships, comparative institutions, game theory, and comparative politics at Florida State University and was a Mentor-in-Residence for the 2007 Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Program at UCLA .

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