Paul W. Zagorski
Comparative politics: continuity and breakdown in the contemporary world
London ; New York : Routledge, ©2009
Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary World is an exciting new core text for introduction to comparative politics courses, focusing on the dynamics of politics: modernization, revolution, coups and democratization.
Unlike other texts, Comparative Politics integrates thematic and extensive country-specific material in each chapter, striking a unique balance between discussing a wide range of countries and civilizations in detail, whilst using shorter focused textboxes to clearly illustrate key thematic points.
Key features and benefits include:
- Explanation of core concepts such as state, nation, regime, legitimacy, modernization, globalization, revolution, and mass movements
- Introduction of key theoretical approaches such as institutionalism, structural functionalism, political culture, political economy, and game theory
- Detailed coverage of democratization, advanced democracies, developing countries and communist and post-communist states
- A range of perspectives to present a nuanced view of the discipline and contemporary political developments
- Case studies of individual countries including Germany, the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria, Zaire/Congo, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Pakistan, India, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China
- Country-focused textboxes giving a chronology of key developments, including the United Kingdom, France, Afghanistan, and Kosovo
Extensively illustrated throughout with maps, photographs, tables and explanatory boxes, Comparative Politics is an innovative core text, and essential reading for all students of Comparative Politics.
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Democracy vs. national security: civil-military relations in Latin America
Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, ©1992
Since the mid-1980s, many countries in Latin America have been struggling to consolidate recent democratic gains. "Democracy vs. National Security" treats one of the key problems in that process: establishing civilian control over the armed forces.
The book focuses on five countries - Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru - that have had similar experiences with military governments and similar transitions to democracy. Avoiding the usual country-by-country approach, Professor Zagorski adopts a directly comparative framework. Chapters on the contemporary Latin American military as an institution and strategies for effecting civilian control are followed by analyses of critical issues in civil-military relations. Each "critical issue" chapter dissects a key area of conflict between the armed forces and civilian governments and includes a case study illustrating the dynamics of civil-military politics.
A comprehensive overview and analysis, the book provides not only a view of military influence in Latin America, but also a basis for evaluating future prospects for democratic consolidation.
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