Interests, Identities, and Institutions in Comparative Politics (Series)

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The post-Cold War world faces a series of defining global challenges: virulent forms of conflict (ethnic strife, nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and terrorism), the resurgence of the market as the basis for economic organization, and construction of democratic institutions. These challenges affect so many different states in so short a period of time that they invite theoretically-based comparisons to establish similarities and differences among countries. Political scientists working in comparative politics have developed explanations grounded in the rational pursuit of individual and group interests, culture and the pursuit of identities and the structures or institutions which shape political, social and economic life. They have also used a variety of methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, to understand the challenges facing the late twentieth century world.

Interests, Identities, and Institutions in Comparative Politics will publish books which explore important issues in politics on a comparative basis using any of these explanatory and methodological approaches. We are especially interested in books which explicitly use theory and multicountry explanations to address key contemporary issues in comparative politics. Moreover we encourage innovative work that either synthesizes or confronts theoretical paradigms or applies together quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Interests, Identities, and Institutions in Comparative Politics thus will explore the emerging theoretical and methodological synergisms and controversies about social conflict, political economy, and institutional development.

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Democracy Without Associations

Transformation of the Party System and Social Cleavages in India

A demonstration of how political parties and state policy can make some social divisions more salient than others

Growing Apart

Oil, Politics, and Economic Change in Indonesia and Nigeria

The story of how oil—and oil money—transformed political life in two major producer-nations

Re-Forming the State

The Politics of Privatization in Latin America and Europe

Compares the processes leading to market reform experiments and its political effects in Latin America and Europe

Managing "Modernity"

Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia

Compares industrial management in two late-industrializers—Japan and Russia—as a basis for an original theory of institution-building

Altering Party Systems

Strategic Behavior and the Emergence of New Political Parties in Western Democracies

Why new political parties are formed, and why some thrive while others fade away

Institutions and Innovation

Voters, Parties, and Interest Groups in the Consolidation of Democracy - France and Germany, 1870-1939

Voters, Parties, and Interest Groups in the Consolidation of Democracy - France and Germany, 1870–1939

Political Science as Puzzle Solving

Demonstrates that the combination of contextual knowledge and theoretical models improves our understanding of politics

Origins of Liberal Dominance

State, Church, and Party in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Explores the rise of liberalism and the development of modern political institutions in Europe

Gendering Politics

Women in Israel

Considers the cultural and structural limitations on the participation of women in politics