A Policy Approach
Michael J Kryzanek
First Edition • August 1, 2003 • 560 pages
Print ISBN: 9780813397924 • $68.00 USD • $78.50 CAN
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Using a traditional and qualitative approach that lends consistency to comparisons among eight different cases, this text strikes the proper balance between historical perspectives and pressing issues confronting policymakers. In its discussion of development, democracy, leadership, the economic and social role of government, elections, political parties, political participation and the maintenance of order and freedom in rapidly changing regional and global circumstances, Kryzanek emphasizes how the performance of institutions affects governance. Indeed, one of the strong contributions stems from the argument that democratization paves the way for citizens’ involvement in politics, but does not in all instances lead to honest or effective government.
— Juan M. del Aguila, Emory University
I predict that Michael Kryzanek’s fascinating Comparative Politics text will be very well-received by students because it offers attractive new and innovative comparative techniques while blending these with traditional concepts and approaches. With a good selection of eight representative countries, he describes for each the formal and informal decision-making arrangements, key historic events and trends, unique contributions from the respective power elites, pertinent national issues and controversies, and the particular challenges facing each of the polities. In addition, the text is very readable and fast-moving, with concepts well-defined and the chapters well-organized—an outstanding and path-setting text for guiding students into the complex, insightful, stimulating world of comparing political systems.
— Phil Kelly, Department of Political Science, Emporia State University
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