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Introduction to Comparative Politics, 6th Edition

  • Mark Kesselman Columbia University
  • Joel Krieger Wellesley College
  • William A. Joseph Wellesley College
  • ISBN-10: 1111831823  |  ISBN-13: 9781111831820
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

Updated to reflect today's political climate, the Sixth 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 Sixth 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, Sixth 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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • The consistent section heads found in each chapter facilitate cross-national comparison and student understanding.
  • 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.
  • Make It Yours! Create your own customized version of INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS using only the chapters you need. In addition to the countries in the standard Table of Contents, choose additional coverage on Cuba, East-Central Europe, The European Union, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. Visit http://www.cengage.com/custom/makeityours/ICP5e/ to get started.
  • The book's framework involves four key themes--A World of States, Governing the Economy, the Democratic Idea, and the Politics of Collective Identities. They enable students to organize the study of individual countries that are covered in the book and to compare institutions and processes among countries.

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION.
1. Introducing Comparative Politics.
PART II: CONSOLIDATED DEMOCRACIES.
2. Britain.
3. France.
4. Germany.
5. Japan.
6. India.
7. The United States.
PART III: TRANSITIONAL DEMOCRACIES.
8. Russia.
9. Brazil.
10. Mexico.
11. South Africa.
12. Nigeria.
PART IV: AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES.
13. Iran.
14. China.

What's New

  • The narrative has been reduced by approximately 25%, striking a balance of supporting students who may have little or no background in political science while maintaining the coverage of the complexity of issues and events.
  • The addition of a new chapter on South Africa (Chapter 11) contributes to the balanced and global coverage of the text and includes topics such as Apartheid, Electoral Trends, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Updated chapter opening vignettes engage students and highlight current features of each country's political patterns. New topics include the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese literary critic, writer, and political activist (Chapter 2) and the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil (Chapter 5).
  • New and updated examples throughout the text reflect today's political climate. New examples include how the 2011 demonstrations that brought down the presidents of both Tunisia and Egypt have affected Iran (Chapter 8) and coverage of the 2011 Nigeria election.
  • The new marginal definitions of key terms help students understand important concepts.
  • The new marginal focus questions encourage critical thinking and introduce students to the key themes of the section before they read.
  • Comprehensive coverage of the 2010 British election, the Liberal-Conservative coalition government, and the constitutional changes they have introduced.
  • Chapter 5 (Japan) includes coverage of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster and the implications for Japanese politics and political institutions.
  • New Global Connection boxes offer examples of links between domestic and international politics.
  • New Profile feature boxes highlight biographies of important political leaders.
  • New U.S. Connection boxes offer meaningful comparisons to U.S. politics.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"To me, what makes this textbook unique is its well-chosen case studies. It provides a very balanced survey of different regime types, and different socioeconomic development levels. I also like the fact that it provides a very appropriate level of coverage of the political, social, and economic features of various countries."

— Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Elizabethtown College

"I love the leaders/profiles feature. They provide interesting bits of information about the leaders. Many students also find this section interesting."

— Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, Elizabethtown College

"[What makes this book unique and distinctive is the]..notion of historical junctures and political themes. I really like this element with regard to this text. In addition, I like how the authors include a section about ways in which these political systems are in transition… "

— Debra Holzhauer, Southeast Missouri State University

"...this text takes a country-by-country approach in covering the topic of comparative politics, its consistency allows instructors and students to move between chapters and compare and contrast similar and dissimilar systems of government, which is the main purpose of comparative politics."

— Debra Holzhauer, Southeast Missouri State University

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An Introduction to Comparative Politics, 6th: PowerLecture DVD-ROM with ExamView Testing  (ISBN-10: 1111834997 | ISBN-13: 9781111834999)

This DVD provides access to Interactive PowerPoint® Lectures, a Test Bank, and the Instructor's Manual. Interactive PowerPoint® lectures make it easy for you to assemble, edit, publish, and present custom lectures for your course. The slides provide outlines specific to every chapter of INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS, 6th Edition and include tables, statistical charts, graphs, and photos from the book as well as outside sources. In addition, the slides are completely customizable for a powerful and personalized presentation. A test bank in Microsoft® Word and ExamView® computerized testing offers a large array of well-crafted multiple-choice and essay questions, along with their answers and page references. An Instructor's Manual includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, discussion questions, suggestions for class activities and projects, tips on integrating media into your class (including step-by-step instructions on how to create your own podcasts), suggested readings and Web resources. A section specifically designed for teaching assistants and adjuncts helps instructors get started teaching right away. JoinIn™ offers book-specific "clicker" questions that test and track student comprehension of key concepts. Save the data from students' responses all semester--track their progress and show them how political science works by incorporating this exciting new tool into your classroom. It is available for college and university adopters only.

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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.

Joel Krieger

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

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).