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Comparative Politics: Principles of Democracy and Democratization

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8685-8
260 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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By revealing the contextual conditions which promote or hinder democratic development, Comparative Politics shows how democracy may not be the best institutional arrangement given a country's unique set of historical, economic, social, cultural and international circumstances. 

  • Addresses the contextual conditions which promote or hinder democratic development
  • Reveals that democracy may not be the best institutional arrangement given a country's unique set of historical, economic, social, cultural and international circumstances
  • Applies theories and principles relating to the promotion of the development of democracy to the contemporary case studies
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1 Introduction: Comparative Politics and Democracy.

2 Democracy and Democratization in Historical Perspective.

3 Economics and Political Development.

4 Political Culture and Ethnopolitics.

5 Social Structure and Politics.

6 Democratization and the Global Environment.

7 Electoral Systems.

8 Legislatures and Executives.

9 Comparative Judicial Politics and the Territorial Arrangement of the Political System.

10 Conclusion: Principles in Application.

Index.

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John T. Ishiyama is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Political Science Education. Professor Ishiyama is the author of six books and over 100 articles on political science-related issues. He studies the politics of post-communist eastern and central Europe and Africa (especially Ethiopia).
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"This book stands out from other textbooks on comparative politics. It represents a rare accomplishment as it has a focus on a substantively significant issue, that of democracy and democratization, which also serves as an instructional tool for problem-based learning. The book is insightful, coherent, and lucidly written and will enrich comparative politics classrooms."
Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida
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