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Comparative Politics, CourseSmart eTextbook

By David J. Samuels

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 1, 2012

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Driven by a question-based approach, Comparative Politics shows students how to do real comparative analysis while introducing them to political institutions, identities, and interests.


This thematic survey uniquely balances the how–analytical knowledge–and the what–descriptive knowledge–to help students make their own political arguments and to thus be more critically informed and engaged political participants. When used on its own or with the accompanying country casebook, Comparative Politics asks–and answers–the same important questions that political scientists research and that are relevant to anyone interested in politics.


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  • Explore Concepts and Current Events: A questions-based approach presents a highly engaging narrative about politics while ensuring that students learn key concepts and analyze current political issues.
  • Improve Critical Thinking: “Hypothesis Testing” boxes engage students in comparative analysis and helps them make arguments about real-world country cases.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Doing Comparative Politics (Why study comparative politics?)

Chapter 2. The State (Where do “states” come from?)

Chapter 3. Democratic Political Regimes (What is democracy?)

Chapter 4. Non-Democratic Political Regimes (What is non-democracy?)

Chapter 5. Regime Change (What are the causes of regime change?)

Chapter 6. Political Identity (When does identity become politicized?)

Chapter 7. Religion and Politics (What is the relationship between religious identity and democracy?)

Chapter 8. Gender and Politics (How do attitudes about gender influence politics?)

Chapter 9. Collective Action (Why do people participate collectively in politics?)

Chapter 10. Political Violence (What causes political violence?)

Chapter 11. Political Economy of Development (How do states promote economic development?)

Chapter 12. The Political Economy of Redistribution (Why do some wealthy democracies engage in more economic redistribution than others?)

Chapter 13. Globalization (How has globalization shaped politics in the world’s states?)

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$48.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-20879-1