The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (Oxford Handbooks of Political Science)

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 48 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics. Part I includes chapters surveying the key research methodologies employed in comparative politics (the comparative method; the use of history; the practice and status of case-study research; the contributions of field research) and assessing the possibility of constructing a science of comparative politics. Parts II to IV examine the foundations of political order: the origins of states and the extent to which they relate to war and to economic development; the sources of compliance or political obligation among citizens; democratic transitions, the role of civic culture; authoritarianism; revolutions; civil wars and contentious politics. Parts V and VI explore the mobilization, representation and coordination of political demands. Part V considers why parties emerge, the forms they take and the ways in which voters choose parties. It then includes chapters on collective action, social movements and political participation. Part VI opens up with essays on the mechanisms through which political demands are aggregated and coordinated. This sets the agenda to the systematic exploration of the workings and effects of particular institutions: electoral systems, federalism, legislative-executive relationships, the judiciary and bureaucracy. Finally, Part VII is organized around the burgeoning literature on macropolitical economy of the last two decades.

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    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Oxford View of Comparative Politics, November 29, 2012
    Michael Griswold “Michael Griswold” (Rockford, USA) –

    This review is from: The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics (Oxford Handbooks of Political Science) (Paperback)

    At a massive 1000 pages, it’s safe to say that the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics has all of the major bases in comparative politics from the theoretical arguments like behaviorism, institutionalism, rational choice, etc. to more concrete phenomena like party systems, elections and voting, democratizations, protests, and much more. Most of the chapters are written in a fairly straightforward manner, which is always an asset when one is dealing with some of the complex topics covered in the book. Overall, a very useful text for political science graduate students with the proper supplementary readings. It’s four pound weight doesn’t exactly contribute to portability, so clear some space on a sturdy shelf, or order all the Oxford Handbooks and collapse a shelf 🙂

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