Comparative Politics (häftad)
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Eastwood, Jonathan
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Comparative Politics (häftad)

Comparative Politics

Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases

Häftad Engelska, 2018-07-16
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Do you ever wonder how transnational social movements get started?

Or how economic development can differ so much from one country to the next?

Or what the relationship might be between world religions and conflict across the globe?

Dickovick and Eastwood's approach to the field integrates the discussion of theories, methods, and cases in order to teach students how to become comparativiststo think about, analyze, and understand the big questions in our world today.

Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases, Third Edition, is a mainstream, thematic text that uses a systematic approach and structure to convey timely issues in current comparative politics. Chapters highlight three principle elements of comparative political analysis methods, theories, and evidence which interact to shape major questions and debates in the field. Additionally, this text looks systematically at issues of political economy, institutions, and
social change. The text uses U.S. and UK political systems as a familiar jumping-off point for students while addressing other countries in the narative. Each chapter concludes with a country case study for a truly comparative approach to the content.
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Anastasia Kuz-Grady, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
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."

Cheryl Van Den Handel, Northeastern State University

The mix of theory, methodology, and case studies introduces comparative analysis in an accessible way. My students appreciate the text's readability."

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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.


Contents Insights Preface Maps of the World PART I: Comparative Political Analysis CHAPTER 1 The Comparative Approach: An Introduction Asking Why: Research Questions in Comparative Politics Major Questions in Comparative Politics Empirical Arguments Versus Normative Arguments Solving Intellectual Puzzles: A Contemporary Analogy Concepts Features of Good Concepts Conceptualization Operationalizing: From Concepts to Measures Empirical Evidence Facts and Evidence Cases and Case Studies The Comparative Method Variables and Comparison Most-Similar-Systems Design Most-Different-Systems Design Comparative Checking Within-Case Comparison Is the Study of Politics a Science? The Limits of the Comparative Method CHAPTER 2 Theories, Hypotheses, and Evidence Introduction to Theories, Hypotheses, and Evidence Theories Hypotheses How Theories Emerge and Are Used Types of Evidence Hypothesis Testing Correlation Causation Critiques: Using Theory and Evidence Empirical Critiques: Using Deviant Cases Theoretical Critiques: Improving Theories and Hypotheses The Challenges of Measurement: Biases, Errors, and Validity THINKING COMPARATIVELY Qualities of Good Analysis and Argumentation Step 1: Asking Good Questions: Why? Step 2: Hypothesis Testing: Generating Good Hypotheses and Testing Them Fairly Step 3: Balancing Argumentation: Evidence, Originality, and Meaningfulness PART II: The State, Development, Democracy, and Authoritarianism CHAPTER 3 The State Concepts The Modern State State Capacity Failed States The State-Society Relationship Types Characteristics of Modern States Bureaucracy Impersonality Sovereignty Traditional Functions of States Defense Policing Taxation Order, Administration, and