This work presents an approach to the study of comparative politics that builds on the assumption that political actors and institutions operate within constructed communities of meaning, which in turn interface with other such communities.
About the Editor and Contributors Acknowledgements Part I: Theoretical Issues and Overview 1. Constructivist Comparative Politics: Foundations and Framework, Daniel Green 2. Toward a Constructivist Comparative Politics, Kurt Burch 3. Globalization, the Comparative Method, and Comparing Constructions, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Daniel Nexon 4. The Socially Constructed Contexts of Comparative Politics, Rodney Bruce Hall Part II: Case Studies 5. The Role of the State in Ethnic Conflict: A Constructivist Reassessment, Virginia Q. Tilley 6. Transnational Flows, Legitimacy, and Syncretic Democracy in Benin, Bruce A. Magnusson 7. Trading Culture: Identity and Culture Industry Trade Policy in the United States, Canada, and the European Union Patricia M. Goff 8. The West is the Best: Occidentalism and Postwar German Reconstruction, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson