Readings in Comparative Politics: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas, 2nd Edition

  • Mark Kesselman Columbia University
  • ISBN-10: 0547212747  |  ISBN-13: 9780547212746
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
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READINGS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS, 2nd Edition, is a collection drawn from a variety of published, unpublished, and electronic sources. The author has carefully selected these readings, which are theoretical in nature, to offer students a good sample of the wide range of popular and scholarly views relevant to the major topics presented in introductory comparative courses. The works are divided into seven sections—an Introduction, States and Regimes, Governing the Economy, the Democratic Challenge, Collective Identity, Political Institutions and Political Challenges and Changing Agendas.

Features and Benefits

  • The readings in this 2nd Edition provide an extended opportunity to consider the four main themes used in Kesselman et al.'s INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS TEXTBOOK: A WORLD OF STATES, GOVERNING THE ECONOMY, THE DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGE, AND THE POLITICS OF COLLECTIVE IDENTITY.
  • Excerpts are culled from a variety of sources, including published sources and material disseminated by the Internet: scholarly articles from journals and books, op-ed and newspaper articles, and statements by interest groups and NGOs in the U.S. and other countries.

Table of Contents

Brave New World. Francis Fukuyama, "The End of History?" Samuel P. Huntington, The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century. Azar Gat, "The Return of Authoritarian Great Powers." Samuel Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?" Jerry Z. Muller, "Us and Them." James Habyarimana et al., "Is Ethnic Conflict Inevitable? Parting Ways Over Nationalism and Separatism."
Anthony W. Marx, Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of the United States, South Africa, and Brazil. Susan Strange, The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy. Saskia Sassen, "The State and Globalization." Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way, "The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism." Robert I. Rotberg, "Failed States in a World of Terror." John Rapley, "The New Middle Ages."
Peter Gourevitch, "Political Economy." Amartya Sen, "The Importance of Democracy."David Coates, revised excerpt of "Models of Capitalism in the New World Order." Peter A. Hall and David Soskice, "An Introduction to Varieties of Capitalism." Richard F. Doner, Bryan K. Ritchie, and Dan Slater, "Systemic Vulnerability and the Origins of Developmental States: Northeast and Southeast Asia in Comparative Perspective." Robert J.S. Ross and Anita Chan, "From North-South to South-South." Reprinted with permission from Joseph E. Stiglitz, "Globalism's Discontents."
Amartya Sen, "Democracy as a Universal Value." Robert A. Dahl, Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition. Philippe C. Schmitter and Terry Lynn Karl, "What Democracy Is … and Is Not." Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan, "Toward Consolidated Democracies." Valerie Bunce, "Rethinking Democratization: Lessons from the Postcommunist Experience." Guillermo O'Donnell, "Illusions About Consolidation." Thomas Carothers, "The End of the Transition Paradigm."
Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart, "Cultural Obstacles to Equal Representation." Seyla Benhabib, The Claims of Culture. Howard Winant, "Race in the Twenty-First Century." Harold L. Wilensky, "Migration and Politics: Explaining Variation among Rich Democracies in Recent Nativist Protest." From Walker Connor, "A Nation Is a Nation, Is a State, Is an Ethnic Group, Is a …" Vali Nasr, "Lessons from the Muslim World."
Juan Linz, "The Perils of Presidentialism." Edward D. Mansfield and Jack Snyder, "Democratic Transitions, Institutional Strength, and War." Michael McFaul, "Are New Democracies War-Prone?" Henry E. Hale, "Divided We Stand: Institutional Sources of Ethnofederal State Survival and Collapse." Benjamin Reilly, "Electoral Systems for Divided Societies." S. Laurel Weldon, Protest, Policy, and the Problem of Violence Against Women: A Cross-National Comparison.
Adam Przeworski, Capitalism and Social Democracy. Sidney Tarrow, Power in Movement: Social Movements, Collective Action and Politics. Robert D. Putnam, "Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital." Bo Rothstein and Dietlind Stolle, "The State and Social Capital: An Institutional Theory of Generalized Trust." Fareed Zakaria, "The Way Out," excerpts from The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. Bill McKibben, "An Alternative to Progress." Jeffrey D. Sachs, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet.

What's New

  • NEW Chapter 1, "Introduction: Brave New World," draws students into the text by presenting readings that offer several perspectives on broad political topics.
  • Discussion questions now follow each reading, stimulating your students to think critically about the concepts presented.
  • NEW readings reflect recent political events and trends, helping your students understand current conflicts and effects of politics worldwide.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark Kesselman

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.