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Cover Image: Principles of Comparative Politics, 2nd Edition
  • Date: 03/20/2012
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $105.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-679-1
  • Pages: 928
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Principles of Comparative Politics, 2nd Edition
William Roberts Clark, University of Michigan
Matt Golder, Pennsylvania State University
Sona Nadenichek Golder, Pennsylvania State University


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The groundbreaking first edition of Principles of Comparative Politics offered the most comprehensive and up-to-date view of the rich world of comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. Now, this thoroughly revised second edition offers students an even better guide to cross-national comparison and why it matters. The new edition retains its focus on the enduring questions with which scholars grapple, the issues about which consensus has started to emerge, and the tools comparativists use to get at the complex problems in the field. Improving organization and integrating the latest scholarship, important changes include:

  • A new "Varieties of Dictatorship" chapter,as well as clearer headings signaling coverage of authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the text;
  • A delegation, or principal-agent, framework is introduced as a unifying framework for analyzing different types of democracy in the “Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies” chapter. A slightly modified classification scheme is also used for identifying these democracies.
  • A significant reorganizations of the "What is Science?" chapter so that there is greater emphasis on the scientific method and less focus on the ins and outs of Mill’s methods;
  • An expanded program of maps to allow students to visualize the geographic distribution of various key institutions around the world;
  • New problems that help students to work through the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological material that is presented;
  • Timely analysis of developments in the Middle East as part of the “Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship,” “Varieties of Dictatorships”, and "Democratic Transitions" chapters;
  • Updates for current events, including coverage of late Bush and Obama era policies, conflict in Somalia, NATO intervention in Libya, and more.
  • The book’s outstanding pedagogy includes chapter opener overviews, bolded key terms and a marginal glossary, more than 250 tables and figures, numerous photos and maps, end of chapter problem sets, and new works cited and country-specific bibliographies.

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    Important changes include:

  • A new "Varieties of Dictatorship" chapter,as well as clearer headings signaling coverage of authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the text;
  • A delegation, or principal-agent, framework is introduced as a unifying framework for analyzing different types of democracy in the “Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies” chapter. A slightly modified classification scheme is also used for identifying these democracies.
  • A significant reorganizations of the "What is Science?" chapter so that there is greater emphasis on the scientific method and less focus on the ins and outs of Mill’s methods;
  • An expanded program of maps to allow students to visualize the geographic distribution of various key institutions around the world;
  • New problems that help students to work through the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological material that is presented;
  • Timely analysis of developments in the Middle East as part of the “Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship,” “Varieties of Dictatorships”, and "Democratic Transitions" chapters;
  • Updates for current events, including coverage of late Bush and Obama era policies, conflict in Somalia, NATO intervention in Libya, and more.
  • Previous Editions
    1st Edition ©2009

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    Table of Contents


    Part I. What is Comparative Politics?

    1. Introduction
    2. What Is Science?
    3. What Is Politics?

    Part II. The Modern State: Democracy or Dictatorship?
    4. The Origins of the Modern State
    5. Democracy and Dictatorship: Conceptualization and Measurement
    6. The Economic Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
    7. Cultural Determinants of Democracy and Dictatorship
    8. Democratic Transitions
    9. Democracy or Dictatorship: Does it make a Difference?

    Part III. Varieties of Democracy and Dictatorship
    10. NEW! Varieties of Dictatorship
    11. Problems with Group Decision Making
    12. Parliamentary, Presidential, and Semi-Presidential Democracies: Making and Breaking Governments
    13. Elections and Electoral Systems
    14. Social Cleavages and Party Systems
    15. Institutional Veto Players

    Part IV. Varieties of Democracy and Political Outcomes
    16. Consequences of Democratic Institutions

    Bio(s)
    William Roberts Clark, University of Michigan

    William Roberts Clark is professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Capitalism, Not Globalism, and his articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, International Organization, and European Union Politics, among other journals. He has been teaching at a wide variety of public and private schools (William Paterson College, Rutgers University, Georgia Tech, Princeton, New York University, and the University of Michigan) for almost two decades.



    Matt Golder, Pennsylvania State University

    Matt Golder is associate professor of political science at the Pennsylvania State University. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, and Electoral Studies, among other journals. He has taught classes on comparative politics, quantitative methods, game theory, and European politics at the University of Iowa, Florida State University, the University of Essex, and the Pennsylvania State University.



    Sona Nadenichek Golder, Pennsylvania State University

    Sona Nadenichek Golder is associate professor of political science at the Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation and articles published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, and the British Journal of Political Science. She has taught courses on game theory, political institutions, comparative politics, and quantitative analysis at Florida State University, the University of Essex, and the Pennsylvania State University.

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