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Comparing political regimes : a thematic introduction to comparative politics

Author: Alan Siaroff
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"There are now 193 sovereign states in the world. Contrary to many assumptions (or hopes), hardly any of these have developed into a liberal democratic model; instead, there is still great variation in national political regimes. In this new edition, Alan Siaroff provides a comprehensive and current assessment of the world's political systems. He does so primarily by outlining and contrasting the aspects of four  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Manuels d'enseignement supérieur
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Siaroff
ISBN: 9781442600126 1442600128
OCLC Number: 248953294
Description: 347 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Development and political development --
Electoral democracies, liberal democracies, and autocracies --
The military in politics --
Factors conducive to democracy --
Institutional variations of democracies --
Electoral systems and party systems in democracies --
Overall centralization versus decentralization in democracies --
Varieties of autocracies: totalitarianism, sultanism, and authoritarianism --
Democratic transitions, consolidations, and breakdowns --
Postscript: democracies and autocracies in the future.
Responsibility: Alan Siaroff.

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