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Comparative Politics Paperback – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0534572877 ISBN-10: 0534572871 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co; 4th edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534572871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534572877
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,114,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The text is versatile in that it allows the professor to teach either by emphasizing the study of specific nations or by emphasizing the presence of different themes across several nations. The text offers coverage of specific nations, thus allowing the country-specific approach. But the themes followed within each chapter are similar across nations so that a thematic approach is also possible using this text."

"The most important strength of this text is its extensive and comprehensive use of complementary materials, ranging from the Boxed Material and photographs, to the Web sites, InfoTrac, transparency masters, and video tape cases (which I found excellent!)." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Charles "Chip" Hauss wears two professional hats. He is the author of books on conflict resolution, comparative politics, and international relations. In 2013, he became editor of a series of books on Peace and Security in the Twenty-First Century and will write its first volume, tentatively entitled Security 2.0. He is also Government Liaison at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA and PhD from The University of Michigan. Before joining the Alliance, he spent 17 years each teaching at Colby College, Reading University (UK), and George Mason University. Hauss has taught a variety of courses in comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies. As an academic and as an activist, his work has been held together by an interest in and commitment to large scale, nonviolent political and social change. He can be reached at chiphauss@gmail.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John T. Jenkins on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I teach AP Government to 12th grade students and this is the book that we use. I have copies of other AP Comparative Pol. texts and this is the best one for high school students in my opinion.
It is organized in an easy-to-understand format with excellent introductory chapters on each of the three major types of countries studied. Each country chapter is written in readable prose with pictures and feature boxes, which helps break up the monotony.
There are some shortcomings, however. Mainly, the book does not pose a lot of real questions that require higher-level thinking. Also, what the chapters are really missing is a concise, simple explanation of the key elements of government (how members are elected, how legislation moves through, etc). These are some of the important facts that students should be familiar with.
To any instructor using this book, I suggest you augment your class notes with information from other texts, such as Theen and Wilson's "Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Seven Countries."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neil Burleson on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
As an AP Comparative Politics teacher, I have taught out of both the 4th and 5th editions of this book and have found it a good choice for a student text. I find it much more readable (particularly for high school seniors) than some of the more comprehensive texts. If you want to prepare your students adequately, however, you will need to supplement with outside material. For example, the Hauss text does not touch directly on political socialization which is a topic covered on the exam. I use Gabriel Almond's "Comparative Politics Today" as teacher resource.

Hauss delves heavily into the historical background of many of the countries, in particular those in the "Third World" section. This can be helpful for students who have a weak world history background, but as a teacher you will need to emphasize AP exam vs. background material.

Comments on the 5th edition vs. earlier editions: To follow the requirements of the new AP Comparative Gov't exam, this edition adds chapters on Nigeria and Iran. These chapters seem hastily done however as the Nigeria chapter in particular has several typos and the Iran chapter is comparatively short.

Chapters on Japan and South Africa are no longer in the printed text but there are on-line chapters on these countries, as well as an on-line chapter on Canada, on the author's website.

The 5th edition adds COLOR pictures which is a nice change from the 4th edition and makes the text somewhat more engaging for high school seniors, however compared to other high school texts visual appeal is not high on the publisher's priority list.

In summary, a good choice for AP Comparative politics as long as the teacher recognizes the need to supplement from outside sources where necessary.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. My school did not offer an AP Comparative Government and Politics class and I used this book and obtained a 5. The book is very detailed, informative, and interesting. It taught me so much about countries like Russia and China and led me to pursue my interests in international politics. Also, it's a great book to read if you just want to sound more intelligent when trying to argue against simple minded people who bill leaders such as Deng as "dictators." OK, yes Deng was a dictator, but look at what he did. This book gives an excellent perspective and is a must have for anyone interested in international politics and comparisons between various world superpowers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
We're using this book for our AP Comparative Government course, and I really have mixed feelings about it. While the information and style of writing is much more interesting than previous AP social studies books that I've had, the book is a bit dense in its black-and-white format with lots and LOTS of text. The other component that this book is also lacking is a BRIEF run-through or diagram of the countries' political systems. If you want to fashion your own condensed version of these systems, you must wade through quite a bit of text that is not particularly well organized.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.L.C on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Use: University Level Introductory Politics Class

The good: Basic information on a wide variety of countries, from Mexico to Russia along with the basic outline of third world, newly industrialized countries and the first world. Bias is hard to determine and only slightly apparently in a few chapters. The companion website is excellent offering quizzes, flashcards and up to date information about each chapter. It may even be possible to ignore the book and focus exclusively on the website. Finally, while the chapters are somewhat tedious, the author ties them all together in a manner that allows the study of several chapters at the same time.

The bad: The CD is garbage. Absolute garbage. You don't need to even look at it to get a decent grade. The book, while clearly a introductory book is not well suited in many aspects for college level. High school European history teaches at least 25% of the book in superior ways. Also the author has a bad tendency to go from basic to vastly complicated and even writes that the gap between them is too time consuming. If history was a puzzle, this book would only give you the core and the outside pieces. Due to such behavior on the part of the author, the lack of information leading from the introductory information to the complicated makes it difficult to use properly in a college class. To properly understand the assess why things happen and how those events may shape the future, all of the pieces of information must be presented. This book fails to do so. Another bad thing is that the price, while slightly lower then most textbooks of similar design is that it is paperback not hardcover, and therefore cannot be resold for a decent amount at your local bookstore.
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