Comparative Politics provides an introduction to the field. Comparative politics is an empirical science that deals primarily with domestic politics. It is one of the three main subfields of political science, alongside international relations and political theory. The text provides a comprehensive introduction to comparative politics. It includes three chapters dedicated to familiarizing readers with the comparative approach, discussing substance as well as method. It then guides readers through a thematically organized, comprehensive analysis of the core methods, theories, and concepts in comparative politics. Empirical data is drawn on to demonstrate key similarities and differences of political systems in practice. Increased focus is given to the Global South and its path towards democratization. At the end of each chapter, there are questions designed to encourage critical thinking. The six sections of the work deal with: theories and methods; the historical context; structures and institutions; actors and processes; public policies; and beyond the nation-state.
Keywords:democratization, comparative politics, Global South, nation-state, public policies, political systems
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- Front Matter
- Introduction to Comparative Politics Daniele Caramani
- Section 1 Theories and Methods
- Section 2 The Historical Context
- Section 3 Structures and Institutions
- Section 4 Actors and Processes
- Section 5 Public Policies
- Section 6 Beyond the Nation-State
- End Matter