Comparative Politics (2nd ed.)

Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order

by Jeffrey Kopstein,

Now in a completely updated second edition, this textbook has become a favorite for the introductory undergraduate course in comparative politics. It features ten theoretically and historically grounded country studies that show how the three major concepts of comparative analysis - interests, identities, and institutions - shape the politics of nations. Throughout the presentation, countries appear in the context of a changing global order that creates challenges to each country's path of development. These challenges frequently alter domestic interests and identities, and force countries to find new institutional solutions to the problems of modern politics. Written in a style free of heavy-handed jargon and organized to address the concerns of contemporary comparativists, this textbook provides students with the conceptual tools and historical background they need to understand the politics of our complex world.
  • Cambridge University Press; September 2005
  • ISBN: 9780511131295
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Comparative Politics
  • Author: Jeffrey Kopstein (ed.); Mark Lichbach (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

From reviews of the first edition: 'Kopstein and Lichbach have assembled a compelling introduction to comparative politics for courses taught from the perspective of political development. Invited to examine six well-chosen and familiar cases (Britain and France as early, Germany and Japan as middle, and Russia and China as late developers), the contributors analyze the emergence of interests, the shifting range of social identities,and the interaction of both in shaping a particular institutional trajectory. Each section concludes with a synthesis by the co-editors comparing the trajectories of the preceding cases. An innovation is the extension of the analysis presented for the first six cases to 'experimental developers': Mexico, India, Iran, and South Africa. Throughout the volume the prose is lively and accessible, and each contributor provides a sufficient historical background on the country at hand to put every student in the picture regardless of prior preparation.' Richard Anderson, UCL