© 2009 – Routledge
626 pages | 56 B/W Illus.
Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary World is an exciting new core text for introduction to comparative politics courses, focusing on the dynamics of politics: modernization, revolution, coups and democratization.
Unlike other texts, Comparative Politics integrates thematic and extensive country-specific material in each chapter, striking a unique balance between discussing a wide range of countries and civilizations in detail, whilst using shorter focused textboxes to clearly illustrate key thematic points.
Key features and benefits include:
Extensively illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, tables and explanatory boxes, Comparative Politics is an innovative core text, and essential reading for all students of Comparative Politics.
'Zagorski has written a book that is at once in-depth and accessible, thorough in its coverage of the topic and rich in the examples it employs. With meticulous care, the book begins by introducing the basic foundations of the discipline and then moves on to the phenomenon of political continuity and breakdown, modernization and revolution, dictatorship and democracy, patrimonialism and autocracy, and globalization and postmodernity, all the meanwhile grounding his analysis in a wide array of case studies. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the study of comparative politics.' - Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University School of Foreign Serivice, Qatar
'This is a lively textbook that provides an engaging introduction for undergraduates to the field of comparative politics. By focusing on alternative theoretical approaches to the comparative study of political regimes, Zagorski makes a valuable addition to the pedagogical arsenal of modern political science.' - Richard Snyder, Brown University, USA
1. Continuity and Breakdown 2. Nation, State, "Democracy": How the Breakdown of the Traditional Order led to the Modern World 3. The Requisites of Democratic Continuity 4. Democratic Institutions 5. Revolution: Breakdown in the Face of Mass Movement 6. Revolutionary Movements in the Contemporary World 7. The Coup D’etat and its Consequences: Breakdown Engineered by Elite Actors 8. Military Regimes 9. Democratization in the Noncommunist World 10. Democratization and Economic Reform in the Communist World 11. The Politics of Contemporary Patrimonial Rule 12. Hybrid Regimes 13. New Political Actors and New Ideologies in the Postmodern Era 14. The Future of Democracy