"The regional approach works well because it allows me to draw in cross-country historical and cultural material. Students also get a better appreciation of the linkages between "international" and "domestic" politics within this framework. Moreover, the regional coverage allows me to spend a majority of the time on the key aspects I want students to get out of this class… ."
"Although the author's 'regional approach' to the study of comparative politics is not the prevailing approach used in this country for introducing students to the sub-field, it has much to commend it and the author does a very good job of executing the task in this text, for those prospective instructors who might wish to employ such an approach."
"… the text provides case studies of the more important countries in each region to illustrate the variations that occur. The index is superb and is one of the best I have seen over the years …. The glossary is also well done and the students have found it very useful …. The writing style is, in my opinion, excellent and at an appropriate level for students I teach."
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About the Author
Thomas Magstadt earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author of UNDERSTANDING POLITICS: IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND ISSUES (Thompson/Wadsworth, 2003), now in its sixth edition, and AN EMPIRE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: POWER AND PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2004). He has also published many scholarly papers and articles and is a frequent op-ed contributor to newspapers. He taught at Augustana College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Air War College, and the University of Missouri Kansas City. He was a Fulbright Lecturer in the Czech Republic before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Westwood Hills, Kansas (close to the heart of Kansas City).