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About the Book

In this book we provide a new and distinctive introduction to the study of comparative politics. Most existing textbooks in this field tend to present either comparative descriptions of political processes and systems in a variety of different countries or focus on methodological issues involved in ‘doing’ comparative analysis. As such, these texts generally omit an adequate introduction to the major theoretical traditions in contemporary political science and thus to the development of skills in comparative explanation.

Our focus is on an explicitly theoretical analysis built around a variety of approaches that may usefully be grouped together under the label of the ‘new institutionalism’, which is one of the most important developments in contemporary political science. As this is so crucial to the ...

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