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Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He is also Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.
Part I: The Field of Comparative Politics
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New Directions in Comparative Politics
Part II: Approaches to the Field
Chapter 3: Political Development
Chapter 4: Political Culture and Comparative Politics
Chapter 5: Corporatism and Comparative Politics
Chapter 6: Indigenous Theories of Change
Chapter 7: Political Development Revisited—and Its Alternatives
Part III: Hot Issues
Chapter 8: Comparative Democracy and Democratization
Chapter 9: Is Civil Society Exportable?
Chapter 10: The Developing Nations: What Works in Development—and What Doesn't
Chapter 11: Frontiers of Research in Comparative Politics
Part IV: Comparative Politics: Toward New Frontiers
Chapter 12: The End of the Great Systems Debate? Implications for Comparative Politics
Howard Wiarda is without question one of the leading experts in the field of comparative politics. With this book he presents the issues and debates that are at the core of comparative politics. In his usual straightforward and occasionally provocative manner, Wiarda challenges the reader to think through many of the questions about governing in today's world. From the problems with democratization in the less developed world to some of the new directions of study such as environmentalism and gay rights, Wiarda is always at the cutting edge. This is an essential text that students of comparative politics should have on their reading list.
— Michael J. Kryzanek, Bridgewater State College
Howard Wiarda does a masterful job in presenting the panoply of approaches and hot issues in comparative politics. His focus—and rightly so—is on how we do comparative politics. For students, Comparative Politics: Approaches and Issues provides an array of questions to ask as they read about, and directly experience, countries around the world.
— Joel S. Migdal, University of Washington
Brief and affordable. Wiarda's text covers the core content and can easily be supplemented with country studies and/or topical readings.
Provides an analytic overview of the field to complement a country-by-country analysis
Includes current "hot issues" like democracy, development, human rights, and environmental policy
Forecasts some of the next study and research frontiers in the field