Principles of Comparative Politics
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Debuting in its first edition, Principles of Comparative Politics emphasizes the analysis of institutions, giving readers an accessible and concrete cross-national introduction to the political world. Surveying themes and countries,this brief text lays out the major elements of a political system—executive, legislature, political behavior, and more—and examines them in Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, China, Kenya, and Canada. Principles of Comparative Politics helps readers understand the mechanisms that drive politics and appreciate the variations among them.
Chapter 1. Comparative Political Analysis: An Introduction
Chapter 2. Constitutions and Ideologies
Chapter 3. Legislative Institutions
Chapter 4. Executive Institutions
Chapter 5. Judicial Institutions
Chapter 6. Political Behavior and the Political Environment
Chapter 7. Pluralism, Parties, Interest Groups, and Movements
Chapter 8. Public Policy
Chapter 9. The British Political System
Chapter 10. The French Political System
Chapter 11. The German Political System
Chapter 12. The Canadian Political System
Chapter 13. The Russian Political System
Chapter 14. The Chinese Political System
Chapter 15. The Mexican Political System
Chapter 16. The Kenyan Political System
- Emphasizes an institutional approach to get students started right away with identifying, classifying, and comparing political structures and their impact on real-world politics.
- Dedicates a full chapter to how political scientists do comparative analysis. (ex. Ch. 1)
- Includes thematic chapters that offer a cross-national look at the fundamental structures and behaviors of political institutions. (ex. Ch. 2)
- Provides country studies on Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, China, Mexico, and Kenya that offer detailed explorations of how these fundamental structures and behaviors work. (ex. p. v)
- Integrates pedagogical features in every chapter to reinforce students’ understanding of key concepts and to encourage critical thinking.
- Learning outcomes to help students focus on each chapter’s key lessons. (ex. p. 2)
- Key terms highlighted in the text, listed at the end of each chapter, and defined in an end-of-book glossary. (ex. p. 21)
- Discussion questions to review the chapter and prepare for classroom discussion. (ex. p. 21)
- Annotated suggested readings to further explore comparative politics.(ex. p. 21)
- Photos, figures, and tables to visualize and quantify key concepts. (ex. p. 54)
- For every country study, a map and country data. (ex. p. 264)
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Greg Mahler is Professor of Politics and Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Earlham College.
“Alone among textbooks on comparative politics, Greg Mahler’s Principles of Comparative Politics combines a sweeping and up-to-date overview of the field with incisive and detailed studies of eight themes and eight countries. It’s an ideal introductory text, giving students both theoretical context and country-specific understanding.” —Ronald Rogowski, University of California-Los Angeles
“Clearly written and intelligently organized, Mahler offers students a comprehensive and well-informed overview of the structures, institutions, and actors that organize political life in countries around the world. This is a perfect text for introductory courses in comparative politics!” —Mark Tessler, University of Michigan
“This is the quintessential introduction to comparative politics. It provides a sophisticated foundation of institutional analysis, respects historical influences, and above all, carefully focuses on the key mechanisms that drive politics in the contemporary world.” — Gerhard Peters, Citrus College
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