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The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.

Post-Industrial Democracies: Political Economy and Democratic Partisan Competition
Post-industrial democracies: Political economy and democratic partisan competition
HerbertKitschelt
Introduction

There is no other region of the world that has attracted as much systematic theory-guided comparative research in political science as today's set of affluent, post-industrial, politically, and economically stable democracies (abbreviated: PI-democracies). Except Japan, all of them are Western European or derivatively European as British settler democracies. Internationally, after World War II, this group of countries, crystallized around a network of military alliances with the United States as its hub, was the main antagonist of the communist bloc.

Comparative political science has pursued primarily four broad subjects of research with regard to PI-democracies. First, a great deal of attention has been devoted to their democratic institutions, especially their electoral systems, ...

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