Comparative Government

A Reader

  • Editors
  • J. Blondel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-l
  2. Method and Present State of Comparative Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. G. A. Almond, G. B. Powell
      Pages 10-14
    3. G. A. Almond, G. B. Powell
      Pages 15-20
    4. D. E. Apter
      Pages 21-26
  3. Bases of Political Systems

  4. Political Parties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. M. Duverger
      Pages 77-85
    3. M. Duverger
      Pages 96-104
    4. M. Duverger
      Pages 105-111
    5. M. Duverger
      Pages 112-116
  5. Constitutional Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. D. V. Verney
      Pages 160-169
    3. K. C. Wheare
      Pages 170-175
    4. C. J. Friedrich
      Pages 176-183
  6. Political Rule Outside Constitutional Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. C. J. Friedrich, Z. Brzezinski
      Pages 187-199
    3. S. E. Finer
      Pages 208-216
    4. E. Strauss
      Pages 217-225
  7. Conclusion Future of Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. D. E. Apter
      Pages 235-242
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-270

About this book


This textbook provides a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the institutions and patterns of behaviour of the countries of the contemporary world. The various political systems are compared and contrasted both in general terms and according to their characteristic structures. today, the characteristics and the role of groups, and the effect of the communications media. It examines in depth the origins, bases, and structures of political parties, the type of party system and the overall role of parties in contemporary politics. It then goes on to examine the formal institutions, analyzing the role of constitutions, the extent of decentralization, the characteristics of legislatures and the structure and impact of executives and political leaders. A final section is devoted to the part played by bureaucracies, the military and the courts in political life and discusses the extent to which ordinary people participate directly in politics.


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