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Foundations of Comparative Politics By Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)

Foundations of Comparative Politics
by Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)

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This student-friendly introduction to the key theories and concepts of comparative politics now provides even broader coverage across the democracies of the world. Easy to read and clearly structured, this second edition contains new chapters and summaries to help students relate each topic to the wider issues of comparative politics.
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Foundations of Comparative Politics by Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)

This student-friendly introduction to the key theories and concepts of comparative politics now provides even broader coverage of the world's democracies, with examples drawn from across the globe. Foundations of Comparative Politics contains a wealth of information, clearly structured and easy to read, with clear definition of Key Terms. It covers all the important themes in the field, including constitutional design and institutions; mass and elite politics; policy-making and implementation; and the future of the state and democracy in a globalising world. A new chapter on studying comparative politics, and new 'What Have We Learned?' and 'Lessons of Comparison' summary sections help students pull together the lessons of each chapter. Combining facts and theory throughout, debate is stimulated through the use of Controversy boxes, and Fact Files and Briefings give students interesting data that illustrates the key issues in the text. Online resources, including MCQs and Powerpoint slides, complete the package.

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Foundations of Comparative Politics Reviews


'Thanks to new chapters on the purpose and method of making comparisons plus a separate chapter on democratization, this revised edition is even more comprehensive than the last.' Matthijs Bogaards, Jacobs University Bremen
'... both intelligent and accessible ... this book has the virtue of compelling students to think through basic choices confronting mature Western democracies in the 21st century. The authors make big ideas accessible by introducing the student to diverse briefings, controversies, and fact files that whet the appetite for active debate. In short, the book is a gem which will make teaching more fun for teachers and more meaningful for students.' Liesbet Hooghe, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
'... an ideal textbook for the 21st century, in which democracy may remain the dominant paradigm but in which the world's democracies face many grave challenges to their well-being and even survival.' Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego
"Thanks to new chapters on the purpose and method of making comparisons plus a separate chapter on democratization, this revised edition is even more comprehensive than the last." Matthijs Bogaards, Jacobs University Bremen
"... both intelligent and accessible...this book has the virtue of compelling students to think through basic choices confronting mature Western democracies in the 21st century. The authors make big ideas accessible by introducing the student to diverse briefings, controversies, and fact files that whet the appetite for active debate. In short, the book is a gem which will make teaching more fun for teachers and more meaningful for students." Liesbet Hooghe, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"An ideal textbook for the 21st century, in which democracy may remain the dominant paradigm but in which the world's democracies face many grave challenges to their well-being and even survival." Arend Lijphart, University of California, San Diego

About Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)


Kenneth Newton is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Southampton and Visiting Professor at the WZB, Berlin. Jan W. van Deth is Professor of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research at the University of Mannheim.

Table of Contents


Introduction: why comparative politics?; Part I. The State: Origins and Development: 1. The development of the modern state; 2. States and democracy; 3. Democratic change and persistence; Part II. The Polity: Structures and Institutions: 4. Constitutions; 5. Presidential and parliamentary government; 6. Multi-level government: international, national and sub-national; 7. Policy making and legislating: executives and legislatures; 8. Implementation: the public bureaucracy; Part III. Citizens, Elites and Interest Mediation: 9. Political attitudes and behaviour; 10. Pressure groups and social movements; 11. The mass media; 12. Voters and elections; 13. Party government; Part IV. Policies and Performance: 14. Political ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, Christian democracy and socialism; 15. Decision making; 16. Defence and security; 17. Welfare; 18. The future of the democratic state; Postscript: how and what to compare.

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GOR004532852
Foundations of Comparative Politics by Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)
Kenneth Newton (University of Southampton)
Cambridge Textbooks in Comparative Politics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2009-12-03
472
0521136792
9780521136792
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