Introduction to Comparative Politics, AP* Edition

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Written by a distinguished group of comparativists, this innovative text has been organized around levels of political development and themes to make comparative politics accessible and easy to understand. Readers can use the Geographic Setting sections in each chapter, as well as maps, tables, charts, photographs, and political cartoons to further their understanding of each country studied. The Fifth Edition has been completely redesigned to engage readers with additional pedagogy and color.

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Mark Kesselman is professor of political science at Columbia University, where his research and teaching focuses on the political economy of advanced capitalism, with particular attention to French politics, the Left, and organized labor in Western Europe. Professor Kesselman received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has authored many scholarly articles in the AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, COMPARATIVE POLITICS, and elsewhere. He also is author, coauthor, or editor of THE FRENCH WORKERS' MOVEMENT: ECONOMIC CRISIS AND POLITICAL CHANGE (1984), and EUROPEAN POLITICS IN TRANSITION (1992).

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"The country studies ... are very thorough, including a good discussion of the history of each country, its political organization, participation, and current events. I especially like the extensive discussion of economic issues. ... I am very impressed with this text."

"The most detailed and thorough in the presentation of country-level information ... Easily surpasses the competition in the uniform quality and depth of each chapter. ....The four themes capture important theories and question in the field of comparative politics: they correspond to four 'lenses' to viewing distinct dimensions of political life and change. Students have responded well."

"The four themes allow students to focus on a comparison of the workings of politics rather than just the technical organization of the political system. By consistently applying these themes to each of the countries the authors provide logic and structure to the material that can be used to effectively structure the class discussions."

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