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  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $30.00
  • June 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-28845-2
  • 456 pages
  • License Term (days): 180
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Essentials of Comparative Politics

Fifth Edition

Ebook, EPUB

Patrick H. O'Neil (Author, University of Puget Sound)


The most flexible package for comparative politics provides the best value for students.

The Essentials of Comparative Politics family provides all of the tools professors need to introduce the study and comparison of political systems. A brief conceptual textbook of the core ideas behind comparative politics, a complete casebook of thirteen country studies, and a comprehensive reader of secondary and primary sources—together these give instructors the utmost flexibility in structuring their courses without asking students to pay too much.


A new chapter structure connects concepts to cases

The Fifth Edition’s updated chapter structure helps students make connections between concepts in the text and the states examined in the cases. Every chapter opens with a compelling event—taken from headlines around the world—that establishes the chapter’s central focus. Revised “Institutions in Action” features examine a key institution from the opening case study country that affects the chapter-opening puzzle. At the end of each chapter, key concepts are summarized in discussion of the opening case study and puzzle. 

New learning objectives

Every chapter of the Fifth Edition features learning objectives that help students identify key concepts. The learning objectives are also used as an organizing principle throughout the test bank, ensuring correlation between assessment and what students retain from the course.  

The most flexible package for comparative politics provides the best value for students

The three components of the Essentials of Comparative Politics family—textbook, casebook, and reader—can be used individually or in any combination. With the casebook and reader organized around the framework introduced in the core textbook, all work together to build on the basic concepts.  

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: States
    Chapter 3: Nations and Society
    Chapter 4: Political Economy
    Chapter 5: Democratic Regimes
    Chapter 6: Nondemocratic Regimes
    Chapter 7: Political Violence
    Chapter 8: Advanced Democracies
    Chapter 9: Communism and Postcommunism
    Chapter 10: Less-Developed and Newly Industrializing Countries
    Chapter 11: Globalization and the Future of Comparative Politics