Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases

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Why do countries have different institutions and forms of government? Why do some social revolutions succeed and endure while others fail? Why are some societies subjected to terrorism and not others? An engaging and accessible introduction to the subject, Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases gives students the methodological tools they need to answer the "big questions" in the field. The authors introduce methods early in the text and integrate them throughout in order to help students develop a systematic way of thinking about comparative politics.

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* A unique structure offers the best of thematic and country-by-country approaches. Fifteen succinct thematic chapters--organized around the "big questions" in the field--are followed by a separate section at the end of the book offering full-length profiles and case studies for twelve countries

* Each chapter integrates six standalone country case studies in "Case in Context" boxes; these features tie into the narrative, pose questions, and point students to the full case discussions in the country profiles

* "Thinking Comparatively" boxes introduce new methodological tools and help students apply the theories and concepts covered in each chapter

* "Insights" boxes provide abstracts on some of the leading works in the field

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J. Tyler Dickovick is Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of Decentralization and Recentralization in Developing Countries: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America (2011) and has published articles in many journals.

Jonathan Eastwood is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of several articles and book chapters and of The Rise of Nationalism in Venezuela (2006).

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"I am impressed by the way that Comparative Politics integrates the discussion of methodology throughout every chapter--stressing that learning about the appropriate ways to compare is just as important as learning the facts, theories, and case studies. This text is highly innovative and stimulating--it provides something that most textbooks do not. It has a great approach to presenting the major theories of the field, and complements these with outstanding case studies and instructional sections on how to conduct comparative politics."--Anna Brigevich, The University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill


"Comparative Politics has excellent breadth and generality, covers the key issues any introductory text should cover, and neatly integrates country studies into a thematically organized text, something no other equivalent text manages to achieve."--Ian Down, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


"Simply put, this text offers a more comparative learning experience than a traditional country-by-country approach. It offers the core country-specific detail found in other texts, but leverages a much wider range of comparative thinking on central issues."--Jeffrey Lewis, Cleveland StateUniversity


"More so than any other textbook on the market, this text provides an excellent combination of theoretical and conceptual materials with in-depth case studies that will empower students to think critically and engage in materials well beyond the surface."--Joseph Foy, University ofWisconsin-Parkside


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