By Hans Keman
This crucial new booklet brings jointly international category students to supply a very new comparative politics textual content. It bargains a accomplished reivew of the whole democratic technique and offers a framework for measuring and comparing modern democracy and democratic functionality around the globe.
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Beer and Ulam, 1958; Macridis and Ward, 1963). In the meantime, a group of scholars (including some members of the Evanston Seminar) was being formed who as a group would have a lasting influence on the development of comparative politics. e. the Committee on Comparative Politics of the American Social Science Research Council). In the second half of the 1950s, this Committee deliberately brought together a number of leading area experts. With Gabriel A. Almond as its highly influential chairman, it set itself to recasting the analysis of comparative politics along mainly structural-functionalist lines.
1999; Landman, 2000). g. qxd 2/8/02 2:16 PM Page 14 14 T H E C O M P A R A T I V E A P P R O A C H T O D E M O C R A C Y representative democracy within which they operate. Hence, in Part One we focus on the comparative analysis of democracy as a central topic within political science as well as on the comparative study of ‘democraticness’ of these systems. In Part Two the crucial and central role of political parties is considered and examined within the perspective of systems theory (Chapter 4).
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Comparative Democratic Politics: A Guide to Contemporary Theory and Research by Hans Keman