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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $46.00
  • November 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93898-2
  • 608 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Essential Readings in Comparative Politics

Fifth Edition


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Patrick H. O'Neil (Editor, University of Puget Sound), Ronald Rogowski (Editor, University of California, Los Angeles)


Classic works and contemporary ideas

This accessible collection combines classic theoretical works, contemporary scholarship, and serious journalistic pieces. It’s perfectly suited for the undergraduate comparative politics course. Designed to complement Essentials of Comparative Politics, the reader’s chapters are organized thematically around major topics. The Fifth Edition includes 40% NEW readings.


Classic theory and contemporary debates

Students get a foundation in the traditional literature on important political concepts and a chance to read divergent, often opposing, recent perspectives on essential questions about those topics. The structure of the reader serves to highlight the dialogue and debate in the field.

40% NEW readings

19 NEW readings, including selections from contemporary, popular sources like Foreign Affairs and The New York Times. These fresh sources round out the classic scholarly readings.

Flexibility to teach your course

The O’Neil family of comparative politics texts are market leaders because they provide all the tools you needs to teach the course you want at a fantastic price. O’Neil offers a brief conceptual text that lays out the core ideas in comparative politics, a complete casebook (13 country studies—UK, India, Brazil, among others), and a comprehensive reader of secondary and primary sources. This package provides utmost flexibility without asking students to pay too much.

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