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Comparative Politics in Transition, 7th Edition

  • John McCormick Indiana University at Indianapolis
  • ISBN-10: 1111832579  |  ISBN-13: 9781111832575
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

The Seventh Edition of COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN TRANSITION combines a thematic framework with a country-by-country approach to provide a thoughtful and effective introduction to Comparative Politics that is appropriate for students new to the study of political science. The author uses an "arenas" classification to organize and frame the systematic comparative analysis, rather than the traditional "three worlds" framework. This classification more accurately reflects the contemporary political, economic, and social realities of different political systems, allowing the author to provide historical, theoretical, and conceptual background through ten in-text country case studies. Unlike most other comparative politics texts, McCormick provides a balanced study of the Western and non-Western world and explores the politics and government of Islam and of failed states.

Features and Benefits

  • Completely updated to reflect current events and political changes, COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN TRANSITION, Seventh Edition, includes the latest election results and changes in leadership.
  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN TRANSITION is uniquely organized into six groups of states, or arenas: liberal democracies, communist and post-communist states, new democracies, less-developed states, Islamic states, and marginal states.
  • A chapter on Iran represents the Islamic Countries section and serves as a strong example of the ideological and cultural struggle between Islam and the West, grabbing students' interest as it relates to current events.
  • Make It Yours! Create your own customized version of Comparative Politics in Transition using only the chapters you need. In addition to the countries in the standard Table of Contents, choose additional coverage on the European Union and Egypt. Visit http://www.cengage.com/custom/makeityours/mccormick6e/ to get started.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Comparative Politics.
2. The Story of States.
PART 1: LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES.
3. United States.
4. Britain.
5. Japan.
PART 2: COMMUNIST AND POSTCOMMUNIST STATES.
6. Russia.
7. China.
PART 3: NEW DEMOCRACIES.
8. Mexico.
9. India.
PART 4: LESS-DEVELOPED STATES.
10. Nigeria.
PART 5: ISLAMIC STATES.
11. Iran.
PART 6: MARGINAL STATES.
12. Haiti.
Conclusions.
Glossary.
Endnotes.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

What's New

  • The Seventh Edition of COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN TRANSITION is streamlined and shorter than the previous edition but maintains its global focus and comprehensive coverage. There has been some restructuring to present information more clearly, and the arguments and approaches have been fine-tuned.
  • The method and science behind the study of Comparative Politics introduced in Chapter 1 has been strengthened and expanded, giving students a deeper understanding of the field and the necessary tools to analyze countries beyond the book.
  • New! Chapter 2, The Story of States, looks at the formation and evolution of states, at the competing pressures on their development, at their impact on government and economic development, and at the debate about where they are headed.
  • The new boxed feature, "Comparison in Action," appears throughout the book and places each case study in context on a particular issue, complementing the Comparative Exercises that come at the end of every case study.
  • Extended coverage and analysis of the fallout from the global financial crisis and emerging states, such as China and Brazil, who are becoming more prominent global actors.
  • Revised cases reflect political and economic turbulence and include coverage of: the United States, the remarkable shift to coalition government in Britain, ongoing struggles to change the character of politics in Japan, more evidence of the growing global reach of China and India, new signs of authoritarianism in Russia, a debilitating drug war in Mexico, ethnic and religious tensions in Nigeria, continuing political tensions in Iran and its neighborhood, and the near collapse of organized society in Haiti.
  • A new 2-color design provides an opportunity to present information more visually.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I like the approach. The author effectively lays out a structure for dealing with major concepts and themes as applied to the individual country case studies...His brief treatment of country history (political development) and attention given to political culture is especially appreciated. His treatment of major features of the political structure and processes is sufficiently to-the-point yet also adequately detailed...I appreciate pretty much all aspects of this text. I have used it a number of times previously in comparative government courses, and it is been quite well received by our American government students who have come to appreciate the value of a comparative approach."

— Bruce Anderson, Western Wyoming Community College

"The strength of the book is its clear prose...The approach is solid; I like the case studies and the breakdown into different typologies (liberal democracies, etc.)."

— Helga Welsh, Wake Forest University

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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133046347 | ISBN-13: 9781133046349)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John McCormick

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He was educated at Rhodes University (South Africa), the University of London, and Indiana University, and has been a visiting professor at Exeter University and the University of Sussex in Britain, and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He has lived in, traveled to, or undertaken research in nearly 40 countries in North and Central America, Europe, Southeast Africa, and Southeast Asia. Before completing his Ph.D. in political science, he worked in the public sector for two environmental interest groups and was a consultant for a number of specialized agencies of the United Nations, including FAO and the UN Environment Program. His teaching and research interests lie in comparative politics and public policy, with particular interests in environmental policy, British politics, and the politics of the European Union. His other publications include EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), EUROPEANISM (Oxford University Press, 2010), and CONTEMPORARY BRITAIN (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2006).