Introduction to Comparative Politics: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas

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9781285865331: Introduction to Comparative Politics: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas

Updated to reflect today's political climate, the seventh edition of INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS offers a country-by-country approach that allows students to fully examine similarities and differences among countries and within and between political systems. Each chapter offers an analysis of political challenges and changing agendas within countries and provides detailed descriptions and analyses of the politics of individual countries. The text offers a condensed narrative and student-friendly pedagogy, such as marginal key terms and questions that will help them make meaningful connections and comparisons about the countries presented. This edition consists of 13 country case studies, as well as a case study on the European Union, providing an interesting sample of political regimes, levels of economic development, and geographic regions.

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About the Author:

Mark Kesselman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Columbia University and was senior editor of the International Political Science Review from 2009-2017. His research focuses on the political economy of French and European politics. His publications include THE AMBIGUOUS CONSENSUS (1967), THE FRENCH WORKERS' MOVEMENT (1984), THE POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION: A READER (2012) and THE POLITICS OF POWER (2013). His articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, World Politics and Comparative Politics. In 2017 he received the Charles A. McCoy Career Achievement Award of the American Political Science Association's Caucus for a New Political Science.

Joel Krieger is the Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. He is author of REAGAN, THATCHER, AND THE POLITICS OF DECLINE (Oxford University Press, 1986) and BRITISH POLITICS IN THE GLOBAL AGE (Oxford University Press, 1999). He is the editor-in-chief of THE OXFORD COMPANION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (Oxford University Press, 2014).

William A. Joseph is Professor of Political Science and chair of the department at Wellesley College. He is also an associate in research of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. His major areas of academic interest are contemporary Chinese politics and ideology, the political economy of development and the Vietnam War. He is the editor of and a contributor to POLITICS IN CHINA: AN INTRODUCTION, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2014).


"A meticulously researched introduction to comparative politics that strikes an impressive balance between historical/descriptive information and causal analysis. One of the best comparative texts I have come across in my career!"

"It provides more comprehensive coverage of history and the best discussion of political economy of any textbooks in comparative politics."

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