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Introduction to Comparative Politics: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas, 8th Edition

Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph

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Updated to reflect today's political climate, INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS offers a country-by-country approach that allows students to examine similarities and differences among countries and within and between political systems. Each chapter offers detailed descriptions and analyses of a country's politics, political challenges and changing agendas. Pedagogy and a condensed narrative help students make connections and comparisons about the countries presented. The eighth edition presents case studies on 13 countries and the European Union, providing an interesting sample of political regimes, levels of economic development and geographic regions. Students contemplate the dramatic Brexit vote, the impeachment of Brazil's president, Russia's drift toward authoritarianism and the polarizing elections of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, among other recent political developments.

Mark Kesselman, Columbia University

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, Wellesley College

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, Wellesley College

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).
  • A new section, Is Demography Destiny? examines the political importance of demographic changes, such as the graying population, the youth bulge and migration.
  • The section on the political impact of technology is now entitled The Political Impact of Technology and the Media. It presents new material on the press, social media and other means of communication in the information age.
  • All chapters are updated to include analyses of recent political developments. Topics include the 2016 Brexit vote in Britain and its impact, the 2017 election of Emmanuel Macron in France, the election of Donald Trump, the impeachment of Brazil's president, the crisis in South African politics under President Jacob Zuma, the 2016 presidential election of retired general Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria, the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's continuing drift toward authoritarianism under Vladimir Putin and the consolidation of personal power in China by Xi Jinping.
  • Where Do You Stand? questions at the end of each section in all chapters encourage students to develop and defend original arguments on controversial issues.
  • Given the unique importance of the European Union (EU) in shaping the political and economic life of its member states, the book has a chapter on the EU. The chapter is written by George Ross, one of the most distinguished specialists on European and EU politics.
  • Sidebar boxes in each country chapter highlight three interesting and provocative aspects of politics. A profile feature spotlights biographies of important political leaders, a Global Connection feature provides links between domestic and international politics and a U.S. Connection feature compares an important aspect of political institutions with its American counterpart.
  • The book classifies the 13 countries in three categories: consolidated democracies (Britain, France, Germany, Japan, India and the United States); mixed systems (Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria and the Russian Federation); and authoritarian regimes (Iran and China). There's also a chapter on the European Union.
  • The book's framework involves four key themes: a globalizing world of states, governing the economy, the democratic idea and the politics of collective identities. These themes enable students to organize the study of individual countries that are covered and to compare institutions and processes among countries.
  • Each country chapter includes five consistent sections to facilitate cross-national comparison and student understanding: a chapter-opening vignette illustrating an important feature of the country's political patterns, a description of the country's past and current political economy, a discussion of the major institutions of governance and policy-making, analysis of political representation and participation and a review of major current issues that confront the country.
  • Focus questions at the beginning of each major section in the country chapters introduce students to the discussion that follows.
  • Making Connections questions at the end of each feature box encourage students to link the topic of the box to chapter content.
1. Introducing Comparative Politics.
2. Britain.
3. France.
4. Germany.
5. European Union.
6. Japan.
7. India.
8. The United States.
9. Brazil.
10. Mexico.
11. South Africa.
12. Nigeria.
13. The Russian Federation.
14. Iran.
15. China.
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