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Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics - 1st edition

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Dino Bozonelos, Victor Valley College

Julia Wendt, Victor Valley College

Charlotte Lee, Berkeley City College

Copyright Year: 2022

Publisher: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Language: English

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Reviewed by Bora Jeong, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 4/2/24

It is a very good textbook for intro-level comparative politics class as it covers all important topics in this field. read more

Reviewed by Ryan Liou, Visiting Instructor, Wabash College on 10/15/23

The book is very comprehensive, covering approaches to studying comparative politics, states, democratization, authoritarian regimes, and collective action. One big advantage of this book is that it also includes some important topics like race,... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Why Study Comparative Politics
  • Chapter 2 – How to Study Comparative Politics – Using Comparative Methods
  • Chapter 3 – States and Regimes
  • Chapter 4 – Democracies and Democratization
  • Chapter 5 – Non-democracies and Democratic Backsliding
  • Chapter 6 – Political Identity – Culture, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
  • Chapter 7 – Political Identity – Nationalism, Religion, and Class
  • Chapter 8 – Political Economy
  • Chapter 9 – Collective Action and Social Movements
  • Chapter 10 – Comparative Public Opinion
  • Chapter 11 – Political Violence
  • Chapter 12 – Challenges and Questions in Comparative Politics

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  • About the Book

    Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics, 1st edition, is an Open Education Resource Textbook that surveys contemporary comparative politics.

    The textbook is organized thematically and includes chapters that cover a wide range of topics in comparative politics: how and what comparativists study; methods in comparative politics; states and regimes; democracies and democratization; non-democracies and democratic backsliding, political identity, including culture, race and ethnicity, gender, nationalism, religion, and class; political economy; collective action and social movements; comparative public opinion; political violence; and globalization and fragmentation. Each chapter accompanied by a case study or a comparative study, one of the main methodological tools used in comparative politics.

    By contextualizing the concepts, we hope to help students learn the comparative method, which to this day remains one of the most important methodological tools for all researchers.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Dino Bozonelos, Victor Valley College, Political Science: Dino Bozonelos is a Professor of Political Science at Victor Valley College. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. His research interests revolve around global issues, including geopolitics, migration, religious tourism and pilgrimage, religion and politics, and comparative political economy. He has published in several journals, including Politics & Religion and the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, and in several edited volumes. He is also the coauthor of another open-source textbook, Introduction to Political Science Research Methods and is the co-editor of an upcoming book, The Politics of Religious Tourism.

    Dr. Julia Wendt, Victor Valley College, Political Science & Cooperative Education: Julia Wendt is Professor at Victor Valley College. She teaches in two departments, Political Science and Cooperative Education. Her research interests in Political Science revolve around comparative politics and international relations, focusing on global human capital development and investment. Her work in Cooperative Education centers on giving students the opportunity to prepare for the workforce upon graduation by providing the opportunity for students to earn transferrable college credit for working at their jobs or participating in internships. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University and two Master’s Degrees, one from Claremont Graduate University in International Studies with an emphasis quantitative studies, and a Master’s Degree from the University of San Diego in International Relations with an emphasis in qualitative methods.

    Dr. Charlotte Lee, Berkeley City College, Political Science: Charlotte Lee teaches courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Global Studies. Her research focuses on bureaucratic politics and institutional change. She has published research on the politics of China, transition in Eastern Europe, and the democratic peace. She is the author of Training the Party: Adaptation and Elite Training in Reform-era China (Cambridge University Press, 2015). With support from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, she was a contributing author for an Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook in political science research methods. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Economy and Asian Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. Prior to that, she was a US Peace Corps Volunteer (assigned to Romania).

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