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Introducing Comparative Politics: Concepts and Cases in Context [Paperback]

Carol Ann Drogus , Stephen Orvis
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July 21, 2011 1608716686 978-1608716685 0

Uncomfortable with a strictly thematic approach, or tired of a purely country-by-country organization for your comparative politics course?

Teach the way you want to teach with this innovative hybrid book fully accessible to students, easy to teach, and satisfying to professors who want to give students a real sense of the questions that drive research in the field. Organized thematically around important concepts in comparative politics, Who rules? What explains political behavior? Where and why? the book integrates a set of extended case studies in eleven core countries. Serving as consistent geographic touchstones, the cases are set in chapters where they make the most sense substantively not separated from theory or in a separate volume and vividly illustrate issues in cross-national context.

Features include several core country case studies: Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, India, Iran, Nigeria, Russia, the UK, the U.S., and, new to this edition, Mexico. The book also features new "Methods in Context" boxes that model how comparativists do their research and analysis, "In Context" fact boxes that put eye-opening data into thematic context, "Where and Why?" boxes that explore why certain political outcomes occur in some countries but not in others, and "Country and Concept" tables that display key indicators for core countries.

Updates and revisions include: * recent elections around the world and the effects of the global financial crisis and its aftermath, * authoritarian versus totalitarian regimes, * ethnic violence, * racial politics and identity, * economic globalization, * executive-legislative institutions, and * the role of civil society in government.

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Editorial Reviews


I have never seen such a positive reaction to a textbook from students, honestly. We have had a problem finding a suitable book for this course. The end of course critiques had been blistering on the subject of the text. Not this year! -- David Sacko The strength of the Drogus and Orvis text is the integration of themes and case studies. This approach enhances the analytical qualities of instruction as the case studies are embedded in thematic coverage and provide a hands-on illustration of concepts and principles. -- Boyka Stefanova The "Where and Why" feature is a very effective way of elaborating on a conceptual methodology that is a cornerstone of comparative analysis without belaboring students with a complex presentation of the comparative method. -- Dwayne Woods

About the Author

Carol Ann Drogus is professor of government at Hamilton College. She is a specialist on Brazil, religion, and women's political participation. She has been teaching introduction to comparative politics for 15 years, as well as courses on Latin American politics, gender and politics, and women in Latin America. She has written two books and numerous articles on the political participation of women in religious movements in Brazil.

Stephen Orvis is professor of government at Hamilton College. He is a specialist on sub-Saharan Africa, (Kenya in particular), identity politics, democratic transitions, and the political economy of development. He has been teaching introduction to comparative politics for 20 years, as well as courses on African politics, nationalism and the politics of identity, political economy of development, and weak states. He has written a book and articles on agricultural development in Kenya, several articles on civil society in Africa and Kenya, and is currently doing research on political institutions in Africa.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 725 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608716686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608716685
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics February 6, 2013
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Great book, comes with mini case studies that help understand the concepts of each chapter perfectly. Love the side definitions also very elaborate. Unsure if the printing company meant to but pages 94-98 are missing. :-(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff for the mind August 23, 2013
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I chose this rating cause this was part of my further educational courses . I recommend for people that like cognitive thinking and comparative thinking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good June 11, 2014
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Book came on time, with little to no writing or highlighting inside and on the margins, which is pretty good considering it's used.
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