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608 pp.
81 photos; 37 figures; 27 maps; 69 tables, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Comparative Politics

Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases, Canadian Edition

J. Tyler Dickovick, Jonathan Eastwood and David B. MacDonald

Integrating theories, methods, and country cases with an emphasis on application and analysis.

Combining a thematic organization with a variety of country-specific case studies, this is an engaging and accessible introduction to the basics of the comparative method and the context of the big questions in comparative politics today.

Readership : A core text for undergraduate comparative politics courses at universities.


  • "This is an excellent textbook with a very accessible style and integrated approach to introducing students to the basics in comparative politics."
    --Yuchao Zhu, University of Regina

  • "This comprehensive introduction to the field of comparative politics, while global in its outlook, is also tailored to the Canadian context through its use of both historical and contemporary Canadian examples throughout."
    --Jenny Peterson, University of British Columbia

List of Insights Boxes
List of Online Case Studies
Preface and Acknowledgements
From the Publisher
Maps of the World
NOTE: Each chapter includes
- Chapter Outlines
- Key terms
- Case in Context boxes
- Insights boxes
- Thinking Comparatively
- Chapter Summary
- Thinking It Through questions

Part I: Comparative Political Analysis
1. The Comparative Approach: An Introduction
2. Theories, Hypotheses, and Evidence
Part II: The State, Development, Democracy, and Authoritarianism
3. The State
4. Political Economy
5. Development
6. Democracy and Democratization
7. Authoritarian Regimes and Democratic Breakdown
Part III: Institutions of Government
8. Constitutions and Constitutional Design
9. Legislatures and Legislative Elections
10. Executives
11. Political Parties, Party Systems, and Interest Groups
Part IV: Politics, Society, and Culture
12. Revolutions and Contention
13. Nationalism and National Identity
14. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
15. Ideology and Religion in Modern Politics
Part V: The Comparative-International Nexus
16. Comparative Politics and International Relations
Part VI: Country Profiles and Cases
- Brazil
- Canada
- China
- France
- Germany
- India
- Iran
- Japan
- Mexico
- Nigeria
- Russia
- Saudi Arabia
- United Kingdom
- United States
References and Further Reading

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
- Learning Objectives
- Chapter Outline
- Lecture Suggestions
- Class Activity Suggestions
- Issues for Discussion
- Video Resources
- Internet Resources
PowerPoint Slides:
For each chapter:
- 25-30 lecture outline slides
Test Generator:
For each chapter:
- 25-30 multiple choice questions
- 10-15 short answer questions
- 5-7 essay questions
- Answer key
Student Study Guide:
- Learning Objectives
- Key Concepts
- Flash Cards
- Self-Assessment Quizzes (20 questions per chapter)
- Data Assignments
- Essay Questions (4 per chapter)
- Web Activities (1 per chapter)
- Web Links (5-8 per chapter)
Online Case Studies:
- 39 additional case studies organized by country and by chapter
- Included in ebook or available on ARC for print users

The late J. Tyler Dickovick was the Grigsby Term Associate Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University.

Jonathan Eastwood is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washington and Lee University, USA.

David B. MacDonald is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Research Leadership Chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is the Canadian adapter of OUP Canada's Introduction to Politics by Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, and Stephanie Lawson.

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Political Argument - Marc Menard
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Organized thematically around the fundamental questions in comparative politics, including: Why do countries have different institutions and forms of government? Why do some social revolutions succeed and endure while others fail?
  • Country profiles and case studies examine key areas within 14 countries, such as political economy and religion, encouraging students to apply comparative thinking to the study of politics.
  • New Canadian adaptation engages students with relatable Canadian examples, country profile, and case studies.
  • Critical ideas and voices - includes non-Western examples; Indigenous-, gender-, and race-based perspectives; and coverage of postcolonial and settler states.
  • Thinking Comparatively feature in each chapter introduces key methodological tools for doing comparative political analysis and helps students apply theories and concepts.
  • Research Prompts with each set of country cases help students develop comparative projects and papers.