ISBN 9788132102922,Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics


Judith Bara



SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9788132102922

ISBN-10 8132102924


Number of Pages 344 Pages
Language (English)


This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised. Part I explores the nature of comparative methodology and introduces students to the major theoretical paradigms that seek to explain the operation of institutions in democratic states and facilitate comparison across different political systems. Part 2 examines the institutional structures of the modern state, outlining the key features such as the electoral systems and territorial and functional divisions of government across a range of modern states. Part 3 analyses the role of key actors, such as voters and parties, interest groups and social movements, the bureaucracy and the judiciary. This book will be an essential primer for students of comparative government and politics as well as introductory courses in political science concepts and methods. Table of Contents Preface Introduction JUDITH BARA THEORIES AND METHODS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS Theories, Institutions and Comparative Politics MARK PENNINGTON Methodologies for Comparative Analysis JUDITH BARA INSTITUTIONS The Nation-state and Nationalism BRENDAN O`DUFFY Electoral Systems JOCELYN A J EVANS Legislatures?Executive Relations CATHERINE NEEDHAM The Bureaucracy MARK PENNINGTON The Courts DAVID ROBERTSON The Territorial Dimension BRENDAN O`DUFFy ACTORS Voters, Parties and Participation JUDITH BARA Interest Groups MARK PENNINGTON Political Leadership: The Long Road to Theory DAVID S BELL Afterword: Comparative Politics and the Three Approaches Revisited JUDITH BARA References Index

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