Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges

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Balancing theory with application and featuring an exciting full-color design and an engaging, student-friendly writing style, COMPARATIVE POLITICS uses a unique theme–Domestic Responses to Global Challenges–to introduce key concepts and examine the growing interdependence of strong and weak states. Each chapter focuses on one of 11 countries or on the European Union, and four additional countries are available as online chapters or in a custom print solution (Brazil, Canada, Japan, and South Africa). The introduction establishes a comparative structure based on five themes: conflict, democratization, economic liberalization, globalization, and challenges, which are then explored for each country through boxed features that are color-coded for easy cross-reference and comparison. The countries discussed are categorized by economic development, helping students hone their skills of comparison, synthesis, and interpretation by studying countries of similar economic status. With this uniquely effective text, students can gain an understanding of important political trends and concepts, an exposure to politics in a number of countries, and a desire to dig more deeply into the fascinating field of comparative politics.

2 thoughts on “Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges

  1. John T. Jenkins "I teach about history, gover...
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    great text for high school students, not as good for college, February 13, 2002
    John T. Jenkins “I teach about history, gover… (Newport News, VA United States) –

    I teach AP Government to 12th grade students and this is the book that we use. I have copies of other AP Comparative Pol. texts and this is the best one for high school students in my opinion.

    It is organized in an easy-to-understand format with excellent introductory chapters on each of the three major types of countries studied. Each country chapter is written in readable prose with pictures and feature boxes, which helps break up the monotony.

    There are some shortcomings, however. Mainly, the book does not pose a lot of real questions that require higher-level thinking. Also, what the chapters are really missing is a concise, simple explanation of the key elements of government (how members are elected, how legislation moves through, etc). These are some of the important facts that students should be familiar with.

    To any instructor using this book, I suggest you augment your class notes with information from other texts, such as Theen and Wilson’s “Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Seven Countries.”

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  2. Neil Burleson "AP Government Teacher"
    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    AP Ace, January 31, 2002
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    This is a wonderful book. My school did not offer an AP Comparative Government and Politics class and I used this book and obtained a 5. The book is very detailed, informative, and interesting. It taught me so much about countries like Russia and China and led me to pursue my interests in international politics. Also, it’s a great book to read if you just want to sound more intelligent when trying to argue against simple minded people who bill leaders such as Deng as “dictators.” OK, yes Deng was a dictator, but look at what he did. This book gives an excellent perspective and is a must have for anyone interested in international politics and comparisons between various world superpowers.

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