Jeffrey Kopstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Mark Lichbach is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Stephen Hanson is Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, Virginia.
New to this EditionA new intuitive take on statistical analyses and a clearer explanation of how to interpret regression results are included. A thoroughly-revised chapter on culture and democracy includes a more extensive discussion of cultural modernization theory and a new overview of survey methods for addressing sensitive topics. A revised chapter on dictatorships incorporates a principal-agent framework for understanding authoritarian institutions. Examples from the gender and politics literature have been incorporated into various chapters. Empirical examples and data on various types of institutions have been updated. Online videos and tutorials guide students through some of the methodological components addressed in the book.
The Process of Politics is just such a book carefully chosen material; intellectual coherence and stylistic clarity are the prime characteristics of this core volume in comparative politics. Here, the significant data of comparative research are tied in with the continuing study of political systems. Throughout, a wealth of substantive material illustrates the author's theoretical perspective, so that while concentrating on existing cross-national relations and behavior patterns, the student discovers both the unique qualities of a given political system and the shared patterns common to all political systems.
The Process of Politics can be adapted to any preferred method of instruction. For example, with a country-by-country approach, it can be used as an introduction to the overall field and the findings it presents can serve as models against which politics in each country may be compared. Similarly, instructors who choose the functional approach can use the book to introduce the primary governmental functions as they are performed in various political settings. The Process of Politics stimulates the student's interest in the comparative approach by emphasizing the characteristics of sound research, examining the potentialities and deficiencies of structural functionalism, and demonstrating the need for greater integration of research in this exciting and rapidly growing area.
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Lucky escapes, a pilgrimage and a dream fulfilled as his twelve thousand-mile trek through forty-eight states, Canada and the Bahamas are completed - and a promise to his children is finally kept.
An epic voyage of discovery, combining thrills and excitement, disappointment and despair, as each normal days ride is turned into the adventure of a lifetime.
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