Current Debates in Comparative Politics

Paperback | June 27, 2014

byJ. Tyler Dickovick, Jonathan Eastwood

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Designed for introductory courses, Current Debates in Comparative Politics presents fifty-one readings drawn from major magazines and newspapers including The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Addressing theoretical, methodological, andpractical issues, the selections include scholarly readings that introduce students to key debates in the field along with more informal readings - including one from The Onion and another on Stephen Colbert's notion of "truthiness" - that help students to engage with the material and see how itrelates to their daily lives.An excellent stand-alone text, Current Debates in Comparative Politics is also a perfect companion to the editors' textbook, Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases (OUP, 2012), as its selections are organized thematically into fifteen sections that correspond to the chaptersin the text. Each section includes a short introductory essay and discussion questions that guide students in their reading.

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Designed for introductory courses, Current Debates in Comparative Politics presents fifty-one readings drawn from major magazines and newspapers including The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Addressing theoretical, methodological, andpractical issues, the selections include scholarly ...

J. Tyler Dickovick is Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of Decentralization and Recentralization in Developing Countries: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America (2011) and has published articles in many journals. Jonathan Eastwood is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washing...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Each section ends with Discussion Questions.PrefaceSection 1: Critical Thinking and the Comparative ApproachThe Importance of Critical ThinkingLane Wallace, The Atlantic, May 29, 2009The Underlying TragedyDavid Brooks, The New York Times, January 14, 2010Scholarship and StatesmanshipFernando Henrique Cardoso, Journal of Democracy, April 2005Section 2: Theories, Hypotheses, and EvidenceI'm Very Interested in Hearing Some Half-Baked TheoriesThe Onion, November 9, 2005Stephen Colbert's "truthiness" theory holds truePhoebe Ho, Metronews.ca, August 16, 2012What Do Scientific Studies Show?Gary Gutting, The New York Times, April 25, 2013Section 3: The Modern StateWhere life is cheap and talk is looseThe Economist, March 17, 2011Mexico Makes It: A Transformed Society, Economy, and GovernmentShannon O'Neill, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2013Rethinking the welfare state: Asia's next revolutionThe Economist, September 8, 2012Northern lightsThe Economist, February 2, 2013Section 4: DevelopmentUncultured: Mitt Romney don't know much about economic historyDaron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Foreign Policy, August 1, 2012Romney Hasn't Done His HomeworkJared Diamond, The New York Times, August 1, 2012Culture Matters - Just Not as Much as Romney ThinksCharles Kenny, Bloomberg Business Week, August 1, 2012Lions on the Move: 10 things you don't know about Africa's booming economySusan Lund and Arend van Wamelen, Foreign Policy, August 31, 2012Section 5: Democracy and DemocratizationThe Arab Spring at One: A Year of Living DangerouslyFouad Ajami, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2012Burma's TightropeAung Zaw, Foreign Policy, January 12, 2012Development Won't Ensure Democracy in TurkeyDaron Acemoglu, The New York Times, June 5, 2013Section 6: AuthoritarianismA Conversation with Lee Kuan YewFareed Zakaria, Foreign Affairs, March/April 1994Ethiopia's prime minister: The man who tried to make dictatorship acceptableThe Economist, August 25, 2012In the Shadow of ChavezBoris Munoz, The New Yorker, April 13, 2013Next of Kim: North Korea, One Year LaterVictor Cha, Foreign Affairs, December 18, 2012Section 7: Constitutions and Constitutional DesignSo Who Are the Activists?Paul Gewirtz and Chad Golder, The New York Times, July 6, 2005Iraq's Federalism QuandaryJoost Hiltermann, Sean Kane, and Raad Alkadiri, The National Interest, February 28, 2012The Rise of the Rest of India: How States Have Become the Engines of GrowthRuchir Sharma, Foreign Affairs, September/October 2013Section 8: LegislaturesParliamentary FunkCameron Abadi, Foreign Policy, July 20, 2011What makes a rubber stamp?The Economist, March 5, 2012Getting Majoritarianism RightTimothy M. Meisburger, Journal of Democracy, January 2012Getting Elections WrongAndrew Reynolds and John M. Carey, Journal of Democracy, January 2012Section 9: ExecutivesPutin's Leadership TrapVladimir Frolov, The Moscow Times, April 14, 2013Why Rouhani Won--And Why Khamenei Let Him: The Ahmadinejad Era Comes to an Auspicious EndSuzanne Maloney, Foreign Affairs, June 16, 2013Drift and Confusion Reign in Indian PoliticsEswaran Sridharan, Current History, April 2013Section 10: Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Party SystemsGerman LessonsClay Risen, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Winter 2010In Defense of Partisan PoliticsPietro S. Nivola, The Brookings Institution, April 8, 2009The Talk of ChinaThomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, September 16, 2012Section 11: Revolutions and ContentionArab Spring, Chinese WinterJames Fallows, The Atlantic, July 24, 2011Protests in Brazil: Digging Beneath the SurfaceElizabeth Leeds, Washington Office on Latin America, August 1, 2013App-Powered Protests Put Democracy in PerilBessma Momani, Toronto Star, August 12, 2013Section 12: Nationalism and Ethno-national ConflictWhat the Olympics can teach us about nationalismStephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy, July 31, 2012Language and nationalism: Catalonian confusionThe Economist, November 27, 2012Shinzo Abe's Civic NationalismKevin Doak, Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 15, 2013Conflicts Without BordersStefan Wolff, The National Interest, April 25, 2008Section 13: Gender, Race, and EthnicityRace in Brazil: Affirming a divideThe Economist, January 28, 2012The Global Divide on Homosexuality: Greater Acceptance in More Secular and Affluent CountriesPew Research Global Attitudes Project, June 4, 2013Promoting Women's Political Representation OverseasSarah Bush, Scholars Strategy Network, January 2013Section 14: Religion, Ideology, and PoliticsDemocratization Theory and the "Arab Spring"Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz, Journal of Democracy, April 2013In U.S.-China relations, ideology mattersAaron Friedburg, Foreign Policy, July 1, 2011The Future of History: Can Liberal Democracy Survive the Decline of the Middle Class?Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Affairs, January/February 2012Section 15: Comparative Politics and International RelationsIt's a Flat World, After AllThomas L. Friedman, The New York Times Magazine, April 3, 2005Why the World Isn't FlatPankaj Ghemawat, Foreign Policy, March 1, 2007Migration and business: Weaving the world togetherThe Economist, November 19, 2011Peace in the Twenty-First Century?Bruce Russett, Current History, January 2010Index