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This student-friendly creation to the most important theories and ideas of comparative politics now offers even broader assurance of the world's democracies, with examples drawn from around the globe. Foundations of Comparative Politics incorporates a wealth of knowledge, truly established and straightforward to learn, with transparent definition of keyword phrases. It covers all of the very important issues within the box, together with constitutional layout and associations; mass and elite politics; policy-making and implementation; and the way forward for the country and democracy in a globalising international. a brand new bankruptcy on learning comparative politics, and new What Have We discovered? and classes of comparability precis sections support scholars pull jointly the teachings of every bankruptcy. Combining proof and idea all through, debate is prompted by utilizing Controversy containers, and truth documents and Briefings supply scholars attention-grabbing information that illustrates the foremost concerns within the textual content. on-line assets, together with MCQs and Powerpoint slides, entire the package deal.

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The term ‘state’ is quite close to other but different terms, such as country, nation, political system, nation-state and empire. To make things even more complicated, these terms are often confused or loosely used as synonyms. We do not get a clear picture of what is meant by the term ‘state’ by simply looking at the different ways it is used (or misused) today. We have to be more systematic, and we can do this by following in the footsteps of the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 bc). He began with the question: What distinguishes a state from other forms of social life?

Civil engineers cannot be sure that their buildings and structures will survive earthquakes, hurricanes and terrorist attacks. Note that in all these cases, as in comparative politics, scientists cannot control their variables in a laboratory, either because of moral limits (experiments on human beings) or the inability to manipulate the world’s weather or, indeed, the universe. Comparative politics struggles to be as scientific as possible, but like some other sciences it falls short of the ideal.

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