ISBN 9788130920658,Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches & Issues

Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches & Issues



Lynne Rienner Publishers

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9788130920658

ISBN-10 8130920654


Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 384 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

This systematic, user friendly, and refreshingly unusual introduction to comparative politics is designed to teach students how to think comparatively and theoretically about the world they live in.

The second edition retains the core features of the first, coherently integrating comparative method, theory, and issues, but provides updated material and additional cases throughout. The text now also includes study questions for each chapter.

The book is organized around a set of critical questions--why are poor countries poor? Why is East Asia relatively rich? What makes a democracy? What makes a terrorist? What makes a social movement?--each the topic of a full chapter. These issue chapters are based on the solid methodological and theoretical foundation laid out in the first part of the book. Graphics and definition boxes enhance the text.

Doing Comparative Politics will stimulate your students to critically engage with both the content and the methods of the field.

About the Author
Timothy C. Lim is professor of political science at California State University, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Comparative Politics?
What Is Comparative Politics?
Why Does Comparative Politics Focus on What Happens Inside Countries?
What Is Politics?
What Does It Mean to Compare? What Is a Comparativist?
Why Compare?
What Is Comparable?
What Are the Advantages of the Comparative Method?
By Way of a Conclusion: Method and Theory in Comparative Politics
Part 1: Doing Comparative Politics
Part 2: The Questions
Part 3: The Future of Comparative Politics