Introduction to Comparative Politics (AP® Edition),
7th Edition

Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph

ISBN-13: 9781285865355 | ISBN-10: 1285865359

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 464 pages

List Price USD $167.95


Updated to reflect today's political climate, the Seventh Edition of INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS offers a country-by-country approach that allows students to fully examine similarities and differences among countries and within and between political systems. Each chapter offers an analysis of political challenges and changing agendas within countries and provides detailed descriptions and analyses of the politics of individual countries. The Seventh Edition offers a condensed narrative and student-friendly pedagogy such as marginal key terms and focus questions that will help students make meaningful connections and comparisons about the countries presented. INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS, Seventh Edition, consists of 13 country case studies, selected for their significance in terms of the comparative themes and because they provide an interesting sample of types of political regimes, levels of economic development, and geographic regions.

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Mark Kesselman is senior editor of the International Political Science Review and professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University. His research focuses on the political economy of French and European politics. His publications include The Ambiguous Consensus (1967), The French Workers Movement (1984), The Politics of Globalization: A Reader (2012), and The Politics of Power (2013). His articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Comparative Politics.

Joel Krieger is the Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. He is author of Reagan, Thatcher, and the Politics of Decline (Oxford University Press, 1986), British Politics in the Global Age (Oxford University Press, 1999). He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013).

William A. Joseph is professor of political science and chair of the department at Wellesley College. He is also an associate in research of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. His major areas of academic interest are contemporary Chinese politics and ideology, the political economy of development, and the Vietnam War. He is the editor of and a contributor to Politics in China: An Introduction, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2014).

  • Thoroughly updated introduction and country chapters provide analysis of major recent political developments throughout the world.
  • Shortened country chapters result in a more streamlined text that strikes a balance between introducing comparative politics to students with little or no background in political science while maintaining coverage of the complexity of institutions, issues, processes, and events.
  • Making Connection questions at the end of each major section to encourage linking chapter content.
  • Where Do You Stand? Questions at the end of each section in all chapters encourage students to develop and defend arguments.
  • Subsections on Environmental issues, the Political Impact of Technology, and Youth Politics and the Generation Gap.
  • Focus Questions at the beginning of each major section.
  • CourseReader allows the teacher to create your own “reader” your way, quickly. This is a fully customizable online reader that provides access to thousands of permission-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio/video selections from the regularly updated Gale research library database.
  • Seven countries in this edition are classified into three categories: Consolidated democracies (Britain, U.S. and E.U), Mixed systems (Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia), and Authoritarian regimes (Iran and China).
  • The four key themes, of A World of States, Governing the Economy, the Democratic Idea, and the Politics of Collective Identities, helps students make meaningful connections among the countries that are covered. They enable students to organize the study of individual countries that are covered in the book and to compare institutions and processes among countries.
  • The consistent section heads found in each chapter facilitate cross-national comparison and student understanding. They are: The making of the Modern State, Political Economy and Development, Governance and Policy-making, Representation and Participation, and lastly, Politics in Transition.
  • Vignettes about recent political developments in each country at the beginning of each chapter engage students and underscore particular features of each country's political patterns.

Table of Contents

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1. Introducing Comparative Politics
2. Britain
3.  The United States
4.  European Union
5.  Mexico
6.  Nigeria
7.  The Russian Federation
8.  Iran
9.  China

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Introduction to Comparative Politics (AP® Edition)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781285865355

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