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Foundations of Comparative Politics

Foundations of Comparative Politics - 05 edition

Foundations of Comparative Politics - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780511124129

ISBN10: 0511124120

Foundations of Comparative Politics by Ken Newton and Jan W. Van Deth - ISBN 9780511124129
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Foundations of Comparative Politics by Ken Newton and Jan W. Van Deth - ISBN 9780511124129

ISBN13: 9780511124129

ISBN10: 0511124120

Edition: 05
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Summary

This authoritative new introductory text covers the key concepts, theories and issues involved in the study of comparative politics. Focusing on democratic government, it covers all important topics in the field from constitutional design and institutions; through mass and elite politics, groups, parties, the media and governments; to policy making and implementation. The final chapter considers the future of the state and democracy in a globalising world. The authors draw on experiences and examples from around the world, and the book includes extensive supporting apparatus for students and teachers, including briefings, fact files, key terms, guides to further reading, and related websites. Each chapter ends with a section dealing with the major theoretical approaches to the subject. The aim is to give students a clear and comprehensive account of democratic politics and government at the start of the twenty first century.

  • Accessible new introduction to comparative politics in the twenty first century written by two leading scholars and experienced textbook writers
  • Extensive student-friendly features including briefings, fact files, key terms, guides to further reading and related websites
  • Focuses on democratic governments with examples and experiences drawn from throughout the world

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I. The State: Origins and Development:

1. The development of the modern state
2. The democratic state

Part II. The Polity: Structures and Institutions:

3. Constitutions
4. Presidential and parliamentary government
5. Multi-level government: international, national and sub-national
6. Policy-making and legislating: executives and legislatures
7. Implementation: the public bureaucracy

Part III. Citizens, Elites, and Interest Mediation:

8. Political attitudes and behaviour
9. Pressure groups and social movements
10. The mass media
11. Voters and elections
12. Parties and governments

Part IV. Policies and Performances:

13. Political ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, Christian democracy and socialism
14. Decision-making
15. Defence and security
16. Welfare
17. The future of the democratic state.