For freshman/sophomore-level courses in Comparative Politics, World Politics, as well as Introduction to Politics with a comparative focus.
Written in aclear, jargon-free style,Comparative Politics emphasizes political institutions and behavior—rather than on abstract conceptual frameworks. This approach makes the text more accessible to introductory students than most other texts on comparative politics. It features both a cross-national approach which focuses helping students develop develop a comparative understanding of the types of institutions (e.g., constitutions, executives, legislatures, political parties, etc.)—as well as a country-by-country approach that examines those institutions within the contexts of eight different countries. This approachallows students to develop the ability to look how all the “pieces” fit together in various countries.