Assembling articles by one of the foremost scholars in comparative politics, this volume covers the important works and ideas in the field from the last thirty years, most notably the nature of contemporary democracy and its prospects. It begins with a personal analysis of the intellectual, and often political, reasons why and how Stepan chose to engage in certain critical arguments over the last thirty years. Dividing into three sections, the volume then explores state and society, constructing polities, and varieties of democracies. It contains articles on civil society, political society, economic society, and a usable state and compares and contrasts the incentive systems and political practices of parliamentarianism, presidentialism, and semi-presidentialism.Since the problem of corruption is so endemic and there is still little good news in this area, I want to close this short essay with some tentative reflections about a still relatively undocumented attempt to contain corruption in BraziL Theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Arguing Comparative Politics|
|Author||:||Alfred C. Stepan|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press on Demand - 2001|