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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Political Science

A Comparative Introduction

Edition 8th Edition
ISBN 9781137601230
Publication Date September 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Comparative Government and Politics

Long established as the leading text in the field, the new edition has been comprehensively updated and rewritten. Accessible, student-friendly and truly international in its coverage, this edition includes more on authoritarian states as well as a much wider variety of country studies more generally.

Rod Hague was formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle, UK.

Martin Harrop was formerly Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle, UK.

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA. Other recent books by John include European Union Politics, 2nd Edition (2015, Palgrave), Understanding the European Union, 6th Edition (2015, Palgrave), and Why Europe Matters (2013, Palgrave).

1. Key Concepts
2. The State
3. Democratic Rule
4. Authoritarian Rule
5. Theoretical Approaches
6. Comparing Government and Politics
7. Constitutions and Court
8. Legislatures
9. Executives
10. Bureaucracies
11. Sub-national Government
12. Political Culture
13. Political Participation
14. Political Communication
15. Political Parties
16. Elections
17. Voters
18. Interest Groups
19. Public Policy.


This is one of, if not the, most comprehensive introductory comparative textbook(s) currently on the market, and this new edition retains all of the strongest features of previous editions.' - James Allan, Wittenberg University, USA
'This latest edition lives up to the high expectations created by its predecessors and remains top of the list for comprehensiveness and accessibility. The discussion of theories, concepts and typologies is well supported by cases and examples of recent political developments.' - Rudy Andeweg, Leiden University, the Netherlands
'Once again (and now with John McCormick on board) this classic introductory comparative politics text manages to stay relevant, accessible and contemporary. It remains the key text for students new to comparative politics, mixing theoretical clarity with expert country case studies throughout.' – Mark Bennister, Canterbury Christchurch University, UK
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