The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Paperback | July 25, 2009

EditorCarles Boix, Susan C. Stokes

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 47 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics. Part I includes chapters surveying the key research methodologiesemployed in comparative politics (the comparative method; the use of history; the practice and status of case-study research; the contributions of field research) and assessing the possibility of constructing a science of comparative politics. Parts II to IV examine the foundations of politicalorder: the origins of states and the extent to which they relate to war and to economic development; the sources of compliance or political obligation among citizens; democratic transitions, the role of civic culture; authoritarianism; revolutions; civil wars and contentious politics. Parts V and VIexplore the mobilization, representation and coordination of political demands. Part V considers why parties emerge, the forms they take and the ways in which voters choose parties. It then includes chapters on collective action, social movements and political participation. Part VI opens up withessays on the mechanisms through which political demands are aggregated and coordinated. This sets the agenda to the systematic exploration of the workings and effects of particular institutions: electoral systems, federalism, legislative-executive relationships, the judiciary and bureaucracy.Finally, Part VII is organized around the burgeoning literature on macropolitical economy of the last two decades.

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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 47 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics. Part I includes chapters surveying the key research methodologiesemployed in comparative politics (the compara...

Carles Boix is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has written the books Political Parties, Growth and Equality (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Both books won the American Political Science Association Award for the best book on po...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1040 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:July 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction1. Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes: IntroductionPart II: Theory and Methodology2. Robert J. Franzese Jr: Multicausality, Context-Conditionality, and Endogeneity in Comparative Politics3. James Mahoney and Celso M. Villegas: Historical Inquiry and Comparative Politics4. John Gerring: The Case Study: What it is and What it Does5. Elisabeth Jean Wood: Field Research6. Adam Przeworski: Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?7. Robert H. Bates: From Case Studies to Social Science: A Strategy for Political Research8. Elinor Ostrom: Collective Action TheoryPart III: States and State Formation: Political Consent9. Hendrick Spruyt: War, Trade and State Formation10. Russell Hardin: Compliance, Consent, and Legitimacy11. Liah Greenfeld and Jonathan Eastwood: National Identity12. Ashutosh Varshney: Ethnicity and Ethnic ConflicyPart IV: Political Regimes and Transitions13. Christian Welzel and Ronald Inglehart: Mass Beliefs14. Barbara Geddes: #What Causes Democratization?15. Filippo Sabetti: Democracy and Civic Culture16. Ronald Wintrobe: Dictatorship: Analytical ApproachesPart V: Political Instability, Political Conflict17. Steven Pincus: Rethinking Revolutions: A Neo-Torquevillian Perpective18. Stathis N. Kalyvas: Civil Wars19. Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly: Contentious Politics and Social Movements20. Mark I. Lichbach and Helma G. E. de Vries: Mechanisms of Globalized Protest MovementsPart VI: Mass Political Mobilization21. Carles Boix: Emergence of Parties and Party Systems22. Herbert Kitschelt: Party Systems23. Anne Wren and Kenneth M. McElwain: Voters and Parties24. Frances Hagopian: Parties and Voters in Emerging Democracies25. Susan C. Stokes: Political Clientelism26. Pippa Norris: Political Activism: New Challenges, New OpportunitiesPart VII: Processing Political Demands27. G. Bingham Powell Jr.: Aggregating and Representing Political Preferences28. Rein Taagepera: Electoral Systems29. David Samuels: Separation of Powers30. John Ferejohn, Frances Rosenbluth and Charles Shipan: Comparative Judicial Politics31. Pablo Beramendi: Federalism32. Kaare Strom and Benjamin Nyblade: Coalition Theory and Government FormationPart VIII: Governance in Comparative Perspective33. Raymond M. Duch: Comparative Studies of the Economy and the Vote34. James E. Alt and Shanna S. Rose: Context-Conditional Political Budget Cycles35. Matthew E. Carnes and Isabela Mares: The Welfare State in Global Perpective36. Phil Keefer: The Poor Performance of Poor Democracies37. Jose Maria Maravall: Accountability and the Survival of Governments38. Timothy Frye: Economic Transformation and Comparative Politics

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Review from previous edition "Two visionary editors -- who see clearly where research in comparative politics is heading -- and a star-studded cast of authors who are acknowledged masters of their fields make this Oxford Handbook an accurate compass for those who wish to be brought to the frontiers of comparative research." --David D. Laitin, James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University