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Principles of Comparative Politics (ISE) 3ed

by William Clark, Matthew Golder and Sonia Golder SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
07/2017
ISBN:
9781506389790
Format:
Pbk 888 pages
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AU$232.00 NZ$237.39
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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, students now have an even better guide to cross-national comparison and why it matters. The new edition retains a focus on the enduring questions with which scholars grapple, the issues about which consensus has started to emerge, and the tools comparativists use to get at the complex problems in the field.


 


Updates to this edition include 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 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 authors have thoughtfully streamlined chapters to better focus attention on key topics.


 

Part I. What Is Comparative Politics?


Chapter 1. Introduction


 


Overview of the Book   


 


 


 


The Approach Taken in This Book   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


Chapter 2. What Is Science?


 


Introduction  


 


 


 


What Is Science?   


 


 


 


The Scientific Method  


 


 


 


An Introduction to Logic   


 


 


 


Myths about Science   


 


 


 


Conclusion  


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems  


 


Chapter 3. 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   


 


 


 


Preparation for the Problems   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Part II. The Modern State: Democracy or Dictatorship?


Chapter 4. The Origins of the Modern State


 


What Is a State?   


 


 


 


Somalia and Syria: Two Failed States   


 


 


 


The Contractarian View of the State   


 


 


 


The Predatory View of the State   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Preparation for the Problems   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 5. Democracy and Dictatorship: Conceptualization and Measurement


 


Democracy and Dictatorship in Historical Perspective   


 


 


 


Classifying Democracies and Dictatorships   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 6. The Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship


 


Classic Modernization Theory   


 


 


 


A Variant of Modernization Theory   


 


 


 


Some More Empirical Evidence   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Appendix: An Intuitive Take on Statistical Analyses   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 7. Cultural Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship


 


Classical Cultural Arguments: Mill and Montesquieu   


 


 


 


Does Democracy Require a Civic Culture?   


 


 


 


Religion and Democracy   


 


 


 


Experiments and Culture   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 8. Democratic Transitions


 


Bottom-Up Transitions to Democracy   


 


 


 


Top-Down Transitions to Democracy   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 9. Democracy or Dictatorship: Does it Make a Difference?


 


The Effect of Regime Type on Economic Growth   


 


 


 


The Effect of Regime Type on Government Performance   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Part III. Varieties of Democracy and Dictatorship


Chapter 10. Varieties of Dictatorship


 


A Common Typology of Authoritarian Regimes   


 


 


 


The Two Fundamental Problems of Authoritarian Rule   


 


 


 


Selectorate Theory   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 11. Problems with Group Decision Making


 


Problems with Group Decision Making   


 


 


 


Arrow's Theorem   


 


 


 


Conclusion  


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems  


 


 


 


APPENDIX: STABILITY IN TWO-DIMENSIONAL MAJORITY-RULE VOTING   


 


Chapter 12. Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies


 


Classifying Democracies   


 


 


 


Making and Breaking Governments in Parliamentary Democracies   


 


 


 


Making and Breaking Governments in Presidential Democracies   


 


 


 


Making and Breaking Governments in Semi-Presidential Democracies   


 


 


 


A Unifying Framework: Principal-Agent and Delegation Problems   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems  


 


Chapter 13. Elections and Electoral Systems


 


Elections and Electoral Integrity   


 


 


 


Electoral Systems   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 14. Social Cleavages and Party Systems


 


Political Parties: What Are They, and What Do They Do?   


 


 


 


Party Systems   


 


 


 


Where Do Parties Come From?   


 


 


 


Types of Parties: Social Cleavages and Political Identity Formation   


 


 


 


Number of Parties: Duverger's Theory   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems   


 


Chapter 15. Institutional Veto Players


 


Federalism   


 


 


 


Bicameralism   


 


 


 


Constitutionalism   


 


 


 


Veto Players   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems  


 


Part IV. Varieties of Democracy and Political Outcomes


Chapter 16. Consequences of Democratic Institutions


 


Majoritarian or Consensus Democracy?   


 


 


 


The Effect of Political Institutions on Fiscal Policy   


 


 


 


Electoral Laws, Federalism, and Ethnic Conflict   


 


 


 


Presidentialism and Democratic Survival   


 


 


 


Conclusion   


 


 


 


Key Concepts   


 


 


 


Problems  


 


 


 

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 .