Book Doing comparative politics : an introduction to approaches and issues / Timothy C. Lim.
Publication year: .
Call Number JF51 .L563 2010
Media class: Book
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. ; London : Lynne Rienner Publishers,
ISBN: 9781588267443 158826744X
"This second edition ... maintains all of the core features of the first edition - in particular, the careful integration of comparative methods, theory, and issues. But it also provides new and updated material throughout and includes more "real world" examples designed to make the theoretical and methodological principles of comparative analysis less abstract and daunting to students"--Pref., p. xi.
Extent: xi, 369 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
This systematic, user friendly, and unusual introduction to comparative politics is designed to teach students how to think comparatively and theoretically about the world they live in. The second edition retains core features of the first, coherently integrating comparative method, theory, and issues, but provides updated material and additional cases throughout. The text now includes study questions for each chapter. Timothy Lim's book is organized around a set of critical questions : Why are poor countries poor? Why is East Asia relatively rich? What makes a democracy? What makes a terrorist? What makes a social movement? Each question is topic of a full chapter. These issue chapters are based on solid methodological and theoretical foundation laid out in first part. Lim's book will stimulate students to critically engage with both content and methods of the field--Publisher's description.
Preface -- 1. Introduction : What is comparative politics? -- Part 1. Doing comparative politics -- 2. Comparing to learn, learning to compare : a primer on comparative methods -- 3. Thinking theoretically in comparative politics -- Part 2. The questions -- 4. Why are poor countries poor? : explaining economic underdevelopment -- 5. Why is East Asia rich? : explaining capitalist growth and industrialization in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China -- 6. What makes a democracy? : explaining the breakdown of authoritarian rule -- 7. What makes a terrorist? : explaining "violent substate activism" -- 8. What makes a social movement? : explaining the rise and success of collective mobilization / Atsuko Sato -- Part 3. The future of comparative politics -- 9. Globalization and the study of comparative politics.