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This essential new book brings together world class scholars to provide a completely new comparative politics text. It offers a comprehensive reivew of the complete democratic process and provides a framework for measuring and evaluating contemporary democracy and democratic performance around the world.

The Development of the Study of Comparative Politics1
The development of the study of comparative politics

‘Comparative politics’ existed long before it became a recognized subfield of the modern discipline of political science. A century or so ago, a knowledge of the variety of political systems formed part of the normal education of literati in different disciplines, such as law and philosophy, history and letters. There were classic writers on problems of modern government in different countries such as Mill, Bagehot, Bluntschli, Radbruch, Redslob, Duguit or Bryce. Their treatises contained many comparisons, over time as well between different societies. One might go back further in history. Political theory abounds with comparative discourse on both contrasts and commonalities in political life, as even a superficial survey of ...

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