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Comparative Politics

Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases

Third Edition

J. Tyler Dickovick and Jonathan Eastwood

16 July 2018

ISBN: 9780190854867

696 pages

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Price: £99.99

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  • A unique structure offers the best of thematic and country-by-country approaches. Sixteen succinct thematic chapters—organized around the "big questions" in the field—are followed by a separate section at the end of the book offering full-length profiles and case studies for twelve countries.
  • Each chapter integrates several standalone country case studies in "Case in Context" boxes; these features tie into the narrative, pose questions, and point students to the full case discussions in the country profiles
  • "Thinking Comparatively" sections at the end of each chapter introduce new methodological tools and help students apply the theories and concepts covered in each chapter
  • "Thinking It Through" questions help students test their ability to apply comparative politics theories to cases
  • "Research Prompts" in every case study section help students develop comparative projects and papers

About the Author(s)

J. Tyler Dickovick, Grigsby Term Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University, and Jonathan Eastwood, Laurent Boetsch Term Professor of Sociology, Washington and Lee University

J. Tyler Dickovick is the Grigsby Term Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. Jonathan Eastwood is the Laurent Boetsch Term Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University.

Table of Contents

    PART I: Comparative Political Analysis
    1:The Comparative Approach: An Introduction
    2:Theories, Hypotheses, and Evidence
    PART II: The State, Development, Democracy, and Authoritarianism
    3:The State
    4:Political Economy
    6:Democracy and Democratization
    7:Authoritarian Regimes and Democratic Breakdown
    PART III: Institutions of Government
    8:Constitutions and Constitutional Design
    9:Legislatures and Legislative Elections
    11:Political Parties, Party Systems, and Interest Groups
    PART IV: Politics, Society, and Culture
    12:Revolutions and Contention
    13:Nationalism and National Identity
    14:Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
    15:Ideology and Religion in Modern Politics
    PART V: The Comparative-International Nexus
    16:Comparative Politics and International Relations
    PART VI: Country Profiles and Cases
    Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran)
    Russia (Russian Federation)
    United Kingdom
    United States


"Comparative Politics, Third Edition, is the best text on the market. It encourages critical thinking, promotes a hands-on comparativist experience, and thoroughly engages students with the major themes, debates, and discussions in comparative politics." " - Anastasia Kuz-Grady, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

"The mix of theory, methodology, and case studies introduces comparative analysis in an accessible way. My students appreciate the text's readability." " - Cheryl Van Den Handel, Northeastern State University

Additional Resources

The textbook is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre which features:

For students:
Data assignments
Chapter quizzes
Essay questions
Web activities
Web links to reliable sources of additional information
Learning Objectives and Key Concepts

For lecturers:
Test bank
PowerPoint slides
All chapters instructor manual
Overview of Student Data Assignments
Data assignments
Case studies from the book

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