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Foundations of Comparative Politics
Democracies of the Modern World

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: May 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107582859

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  • The new edition of this leading overview of comparative politics once again blends theory and evidence across democratic systems to provide unparalleled coverage. The student-friendly structure and clear, concise writing ensure that complex issues are clearly explained and students engage with the key theories. The third edition is updated throughout, with a new chapter, 'Public Spending and Public Policies', increased coverage of defective democracies, and revised coverage of e-democracy and the power of the media. The pedagogy is simplified with a focus on 'Briefings' and 'Controversies' that feature examples from across the globe, alongside clear key terms, 'What We Have Learned' and 'Lessons of Comparison' sections, and a wealth of online materials to complete a rich teaching and learning package.

    • Broad coverage of democratic governments is brought to life for the student through case studies and examples from across the globe
    • Includes fact files, briefings, suggestions for further reading and questions
    • A strong package of online resources includes MCQs for students and exam and review questions for instructors
    • Strong pedagogy throughout ensures that the relevance of theoretical concepts is conveyed clearly and concisely
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    'This textbook on comparative politics provides students with a concise, well-organized overview of all of the areas in the discipline, including origins of the state, institutions, inputs, and policies and performance … Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.' L.M. Barnett, Choice

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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107582859
    • length: 462 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 179 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The State: Origins and Development:
    1. The development of the modern state
    2. States and democracy
    3. Democratic change and persistence
    Part II. The Polity: Structures and Institutions:
    4. Constitutions
    5. Presidential and parliamentary government
    6. Multi-level government: international, national and sub-national
    7. Policy making and legislating: executives and legislatures
    8. Implementation: the public bureaucracy
    Part III. Citizens, Elites and Interest Mediation:
    9. Political attitudes and behaviour
    10. Pressure groups and social movements
    11. The mass media
    12. Voters and elections
    13. Party government
    Part IV. Policies and Performance:
    14. Political ideologies: conservatism, liberalism, Christian democracy and socialism
    15. Decision making
    16. Public spending and public policies
    17. The future of the democratic state
    Postscript: how and what to compare?

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    Foundations of Comparative Politics

    Kenneth Newton, Jan W. van Deth

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    Kenneth Newton, University of Southampton
    Kenneth Newton is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Southampton and a Visiting Professor at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

    Jan W. van Deth, Universitat Mannheim
    Jan W. van Deth is Professor of Political Science and International Comparative Social Research at the University of Mannheim.

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