Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global by Charles Hauss

By Charles Hauss

Balancing thought with program and that includes a fascinating, student-friendly writing kind, the 9th variation of COMPARATIVE POLITICS makes use of a distinct theme-Domestic Responses to worldwide Challenges-to introduce key strategies and view the growing to be interdependence of sturdy and susceptible states. COMPARATIVE POLITICS takes an in-depth examine ten international locations and the eu Union, framed inside broader discussions within the part-opening chapters on Industrialized Democracies, present and previous Communist Regimes, and the worldwide South. The advent establishes a comparative constitution in keeping with 5 topics: clash, democratization, financial liberalization, globalization, and demanding situations, that are then explored for every state. The international locations mentioned are categorised by way of monetary improvement, supporting scholars hone their abilities of comparability, synthesis, and interpretation by means of learning international locations of comparable financial prestige. With this uniquely potent textual content, scholars can achieve an figuring out of vital political developments and ideas, an publicity to politics in a couple of nations, and a wish to dig extra deeply into the interesting box of comparative politics.

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For others, personal freedoms are not enough; there has to be a substantial degree of economic equality as well before people can realistically hope to exercise those rights. Some insist on a particular type of institutional arrangement. Others are convinced that democratic principles can be compatible with almost any governmental structure. Although there is no commonly accepted definition of what such a democracy is, all so-called democracies share at least the first two—and perhaps all five—of the criteria that follow.

Germany, Japan, and Italy, in particular, were new entrants in great power politics and found themselves lagging behind Britain and France economically and militarily. Desirous of power and prestige, and fearful of invasion, leaders in all three countries believed that they had to catch up with the other great powers as quickly as possible. They were also convinced that they could do so only if the state took the lead and forced the pace of development. Each therefore imposed strict limits on popular political rights.

Simply holding elections is not enough. Mexico, for instance, holds elections for all key offices, but few observers believe that the Institutional Revolutionary Party would have been able to stay in power from the late 1920s until 2000 had the elections been run honestly and fairly. The former Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies also held elections, but voters had only a single candidate, who had been handpicked by the Communist Party, to vote for. Other countries, such as Nigeria in 1993 or Panama in 1989, conducted elections, only to see the military reject the outcome and seize power.

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