Synopses & Reviews
This affordable CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS version of COMPARATIVE POLITICS: POLITICAL ECONOMY, POLITICAL CULTURE, AND POLITICAL INTERDEPENCE helps you see politics as a complex process involving a broad range of institutional, behavioral, and textual factors. An analyses of ten countries, plus the EU, representing a cross-section of diverse regions, economic systems, and levels of development, each chapter reviews a country's history; its major political institutions and the way they influence the policy-making process; the role of elites, parties, groups, and masses; and the broader cultural, economic, and international contexts. Each chapter also concludes with a current assessment of the country in terms of the United Nations' definition of good government as well as a discussion of future challenges.
"Palmer is perfect for both a survey course with its foundational Introduction and the breadth/depth of scholarly analysis in each case study serving as an excellent comparative analysis text."
"The book's strength is in style appropriate for introductory students, large number of countries to choose from, and sufficient depth for each one. I also like the fact that it tries to situation each country in the global environment."
About the Author
Monte Palmer received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and is currently Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. He had previously taught political science at Western Illinois University, Iowa State University, Florida State University and the American University of Beirut. He served as the chair of the Department of Political Science at the Florida State University and as the director of the Middle East Centers at the Florida State University and the American University of Beirut. He as also a senior fellow at the Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies and has been a consultant to Bir Ziet University and the Arab Development Institute (Libya). He remains an advisor to the Middle East Center at FSU. His recent books include AT THE HEART OF TERROR (Rowman and Littlefield,2004), COMPARATIVE POLITICS: POLITICAL ECONOMY, POLITICAL CULTURE, AND POLITICAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2006) and POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT (1997).
Table of Contents
Part One: AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS. 1. An Introduction to Comparative Politics. Part Two: POLITICS IN ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACIES. 2. The European Union: The Evolving Dream. 3. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: The Origins of Parliamentary Government. 4. France: Politics in the Fifth Republic. 5. Germany: The Dominant Power in Europe. 6. Japan: The Troubled Economic Power. Part Three: THE DECLINE OF COMMUNISM: TRANSITIONS TO DEMOCRACY AND CAPITALISM. 7. The Russian Federation: The Transition to Democracy and Capitalism. 8. The People's Republic of China: The Politics of Impending Change. Part Four: THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT. 9. India: Democracy in Turmoil. 10. Mexico: The Politics of Crisis and Change, Stephen D. Morris. 11. The Arab Republic of Egypt: The Politics of Indecision. 12. Nigeria: The Politics of Hope and Despair.