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Principles of Comparative Politics By William Roberts Clark

Principles of Comparative Politics by William Roberts Clark

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Exploring the debates about political issues that drive current research, this text provides a real insight into comparative politics. The book looks closely at the work of comparativists and the methods they use.

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Principles of Comparative Politics by William Roberts Clark

An introduction to comparative politics should be a window onto the real world of comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. At last, a groundbreaking text gives students meaningful insight into how cross-national comparison is actually conducted, and why it matters: the enduring questions that scholars grapple with, the issues about which consensus has started to emerge, and the tools comparativists use to get at the complex and interesting problems at the heart of the field.

Beginning with a clear and straightforward discussion of the comparative and scientific methods, each chapter outlines the debates about the political phenomena that drive current research, such as state failure, the economic and cultural determinants of democracy, or the effects of regime type and electoral system.

The authors show students how comparativists construct and test theories, applying the principles of the scientific method and simple game theory to a wide variety of examples and cases. Students won't get lost in detail they'll never use or remember and instead learn exactly why the variations across institutional structures and functions are important.

The book's outstanding pedagogy includes:

Chapter opener overviews to summarize key points from the text;

Bolded key terms and a marginal glossary to help students identify and manage concepts;

Rich and comprehensive data, helpfully schematized in more than 250 tables and figures;

An excellent photo and map program to highlight the book's thematic and substantive goals;

End of chapter lists of key concepts, with page references;

End of chapter problem sets of 5-10 problems each to help students work through the comparative puzzles and game theory examples;

A comprehensive bibliography;

Appendix materials to support chapter problems as well as encourage further research.

About William Roberts Clark

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 .

Table of Contents

Preface List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes List of Maps Introduction Overview of the Book The Approach of this Book Key Concepts What is Science? Introduction The Comparative Method An Introduction to Logic Science and Falsificationism Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises What is Politics? The Exit, Voice and Loyalty Game Solving the Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Game Evaluating the Exit, Voice and Loyalty Game Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises The Origins of the Modern State What is a State? The Contractarian View of the State The Predatory View of the State Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy Democracy and Dictatorship in Historical Perspective Classifying Democracies and Dictatorships Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises The Economic Determinants of Democracy Classic Modernization Theory A Variant of Modernization Theory Some More Empirical Evidence Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Cultural Determinants of Democracy Classical Cultural Arguments: Mill and Montesquieu Does Democracy Require a Civic Culture? Religion and Democracy Experiments and Culture Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Democratic Transitions Bottom-Up Transitions to Democracy Top-Down Transitions to Democracy Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Does Democracy Make a Difference? Introduction The Effect of Regime Type on Government Performance Selectorate Theory Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Group Decision-Making and Democracy Condorcet's Paradox Median Voter Theorem Arrow's Theorem Varieties of Democratic Institutions Key Concepts Exercises Parliamentary, Presidential, and Mixed Democracies: Making and Breaking Governments Introduction Classifying Parliamentary, Presidential, and Mixed Democracies Making and Breaking Governments: Parliamentary Democracies Making and Breaking Governments: Presidential Democracies Making and Breaking Governments: Mixed Democracies Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Elections and Electoral Systems Introduction Elections: An Overview Proportional Electoral Systems Mixed Electoral Systems An Overview of Electoral Systems around the World Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Social Cleavages and Party Systems Political Parties: What are they and what do Party Systems Where do Parties Come From? Types of Parties: Social Cleavages and Political Identity Formation Number of Parties: Duverger's Theory Conclusion Institutional Veto Players Federalism Bicameralism Judicial Review Veto Player Theory Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises The Effect of Varieties of Democracy Representation Economic Performance Ethnic Conflict Democratic Survival Conclusion Key Concepts Exercises Bibliography Glossary Appendix Index

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