By Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph
Written by way of a unique staff of comparativists, this cutting edge and available introductory textual content surveys 12 key international locations equipped through their point of political improvement: validated democracies, transitional democracies, and non-democracies. the rustic stories remove darkness from 4 comparative issues in a world context: 1. the area of states--the interplay of states in the foreign order. 2. Governing the economy--the position of the kingdom in financial administration. three. The democratic idea--the strain for extra democracy and the demanding situations of democratization. four. The politics of collective identities--the political effect of numerous attachments and assets of crew identification. Make It Yours! Create your individual custom-made model of creation TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS utilizing in simple terms the chapters you would like. as well as the international locations within the commonplace desk of Contents, decide on extra assurance on Cuba, East-Central Europe, the ecu Union, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey. stopover at http://s-www.cengage.com/custom/makeityours/ICP5e/ to start.
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A country’s political borders do not protect its citizens from global warming, environmental pollution, or infectious diseases that come from abroad. 17 Thanks to the global diffusion of radio, television, and the Internet, people nearly everywhere can become remarkably well informed about international developments. This knowledge may fuel popular demands that governments intervene to stop atrocities in, for example, faraway Kosovo or Rwanda, or rush to aid the victims of natural disasters as happened after a great tsunami struck South and Southeast Asia in late 2004 and a devastating earthquake killed many thousands in China in May 2008.
Witness the intense conflict within most religious communities today that pits more liberal, secular elements against those who defend what they claim is a more orthodox, traditional interpretation. A puzzle: How does collective identity affect a country’s distributional politics, that is, the process of deciding who gets what and how resources are distributed? Once identity demands are placed on the national agenda, can governments resolve them by distributing political, economic, and other resources in ways that redress the grievances of the minority or politically weaker identity groups?
However, as China demonstrated by its bloody 1989 crackdown on protestors, there is no guarantee that pro-democracy protests will succeed. What determines the growth, stagnation, or even decline of democracy? Comparativists have devoted enormous energy to studying this question. ”27 Yet, for all the attention it has received, there is no scholarly consensus on how and why democratization develops and becomes consolidated or runs out of steam. We have learned that there Themes for Comparative Analysis 21 is no one path to democracy and that democratic transitions can be slow, uncertain, and reversible.