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Essentials of comparative politics

Author: Patrick H O'Neil
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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The Essentials of Comparative Politics family including a core textbook, reader, and casebook of country studies is the most comprehensive, flexible, and affordable package for introductory courses."

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick H O'Neil
ISBN: 0393928764 9780393928761
OCLC Number: 68221584
Description: xviii, 337 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
What is comparative politics? --
The comparative method --
Quantitative versus qualitative research --
Debates in comparative politics --
A guiding approach : political institutions --
A guiding idea : reconciling freedom and equality --
In sum : looking ahead --
2. States --
Defining the state --
The origins of political organization --
The rise of the modern state --
Comparing state power --
Legitimacy --
Centralization or decentralization --
In sum : studying states --
3. Nations and society --
Ethnic identity --
National identity --
Citizenship and patriotism --
Ethnic identity, national identity, and citizenship : origins and persistence --
Sources of ethnic and national conflict --
Political attitudes and political ideology --
Political attitudes --
Political ideology --
Fundamentalism and the crisis of ideology --
Political culture --
In sum : society and politics. 4. Political economy --
The components of political economy --
Markets and property --
Public goods --
Social expenditures : who benefits? --
Taxation --
Money, inflation, and unemployment --
Regulation --
Trade --
Political-economic systems --
Liberalism --
Social democracy --
Communism --
Mercantilism --
Political-economic systems and the state : comparing outcomes --
Gross domestic product (GDP) --
Gini index --
Human development index (HDI) --
The future of political economy --
In sum : the end of economic history? --
5. Authoritarianism and totalitarianism --
Defining authoritarianism and totalitarianism --
Sources of nondemocratic rule --
Economic sources of nondemocratic rule --
Societal sources of nondemocratic rule --
Nondemocratic regimes and political control --
Coercion and surveillance --
Co-optation --
Personality cults --Nondemocratic regimes and legitimacy --
Types of nondemocratic rule --
Personal and monarchical rule --
Military rule --
One-party rule --
Theocracy --
Illiberal regimes --
In sum : nondemocratic regimes in retreat? 6. Democracy --
What is democracy? --
The origins of liberal democracy and the rule of law --
Athenian democracy and Roman republicanism --
England : the birthplace of liberal democracy --
Institutionalizing democracy --
Participation : voting and elections --
Electoral systems --
Referendum and initiative --
Competition : political parties and the separation of powers --
Political parties --
The separation of powers --
Liberty : civil rights, civil liberties, and civil society --
In sum : future challenges to democracy --
7. Advanced democracies --
Defining advanced democracy --
Freedom and equality in advanced democracies --
Advanced democracies today --
States and sovereignty : challenges and opportunities --
The European Union : integration, expansion, and resistance --
Devolution and democracy --
Social change and conflict --
Postmodern values and organization --
Diversity, identity, and the challenge to postmodern values --
Economic change --
Postindustrialism --
Maintaining the welfare state --
In sum : the advanced democracies in transition. 8. Communism and postcommunism --
Communism, equality, and the nature of human relations --
Revolution and the "triumph" of communism --
Putting communism into practice --
Communist political economy --
Societal institutions under communism --
The collapse of communism --
Political institutions in transition --
Reorganizing the state and constructing a democratic regime --
Evaluating economic transitions --
Economic institutions in transition --
Privatization and marketization --
Evaluating economic transitions --
Societal institutions in transition --
Re-creating identities --
Evaluating societal transitions --
In sum : the legacy of communism --
9. Less-developed and newly industrializing countries --
Freedom and equality in the newly industrializing and less-developed countries --
Imperialism and colonialism --
Institutions of imperialism --
Exporting the state --
Social identities --
Dependent development --
The challenges of postimperialism --
Building state capacity and autonomy --
Forging social identities --
Generating economic growth --
Prospects for democracy and development --
Rebuilding state power --
Supporting civil society --
Promoting economic prosperity --
In sum : the challenges of development. 10. Globalization --
What is globalization? --
Institutions and globalization --
Political globalization --
Economic globalization --
Societal globalization --
Globalization : myths and realities --
Is globalization new? --
Is globalization exaggerated? --
Is globalization inevitable? --
In sum : freedom and equality in a globalized world --
11. Political violence --
What is political violence? --
Why political violence? --
Institutional explanations --
Ideational explanations --
Individual explanations --
Forms of political violence --
Revolution --
Terrorism --
Terrorism and revolution : means and ends --
Political violence in context : faith, terrorism, and revolution --
Countering political violence --
In sum : meeting the challenge of political violence.
Responsibility: Patrick H. O'Neil.

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