Comparative Politics Reading List


- Achen, Chris. (2005). “Let’s Put Garbage Can Regressions and Garbage Can Probits Where They Belong.” Conflict Management and Peace Science, 22(4), 327-339.
- Bennett, Andrew & Checkel, Jeffrey T. (2014). Process Tracing: From Metaphor to Analytic Tool. Cambridge University Press. “Introduction.”
- Brady, Henry & Collier, David, eds. (2000). Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards. Berkeley, CA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Collier, David (2011). “Understanding Process Tracing.” PS: Political Science and Politics 44, 4: 823-30.
- Dunning, Thad (2012). Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences. CUP.
- Elster, John. (2007). Explaining Social Behavior. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Geddes, Barbara. (1990). “How the Cases you Choose Affect the Answers you Get: Selection Bias in Comparative Politics,” Political Analysis, 2, 131-50.
- King, Gary, Keohane, Robert, & Verba, Sidney. (1994). Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Przeworski, Adam. (2007). “Is the Science of Comparative Politics Possible?” In Boix, Carles & Stokes, Susan C. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. New York: Oxford University Press
- Dawn Teele, ed., (2013). Field Experiments and their Critics, Yale University Press. Chapters by Gerber et al., Stokes, Deaton, and Teele

Cleavage Formation, Order and Disorder

- Bowles, Samuel & Gintis, Herbert. (2006). “Social Preferences, Homo Economicus and Zoon Politikon.” In Goodin, Robert E. & Tilly, Charles eds., The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Analysis, (pp. 172-186), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Chandra, Kanchan. (2006). “What is Ethnicity and Does it Matter?” Annual Review of Political Science No, 9: 397-424.
- Habyarimana, James, Macartan Humphreys, Daniel Posner and Jeremy Weinstein (2007). “Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision.” American Political Science Review 101 (4): 709-725.
- Horowitz, Donald. (1985). Ethnic Groups in Conflict. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
- Huntington, Samuel P. (1968). Political Order in Changing Societies. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Kalyvas, Stathis. (2006). The Logic of Violence in Civil Wars. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Kuran, Timur. (1991, October). “Now Out of Never: The Element of Surprise in the East European Revolution of 1989,” World Politics, 44, 7-48.
- Posner, Daniel. (2004). “The Political Salience of Cultural Difference: Why Chewas and Tumbakas Are Allies in Zambia and Adversaries in Malawi,” American Political Science Review, 98, 529-46.
- Scott, James. (1977) The Moral Economy of the Peasant: Rebellion and Subsistence in Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press
- Scott, James. (1987) Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Wood, Elisabeth. (2003). Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador. New York: Cambridge University Press.


- Anderson, Benedict. (1983). Imagined Communities. London: Verso.
- Beissinger, Mark. (2002). Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Brubaker, Rogers. (2001). “The return of assimilation? Changing perspectives on immigration and its sequels in France, Germany, and the United States.” Ethnic and racial studies 24 (4): 531-548.
- Gellner, Ernest. (1983). Nations and Nationalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
- Miguel, Edward. (2004). “Tribe or Nation? Nation Building and Public Goods in Kenya versus Tanzania,” World Politics, 56.
- Skocpol, Theda, (1979). States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Wilkinson, Steven. (2004). Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

State Building

- Boone, Catherine. (2003). Political Topographies of the African State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Herbst, Jeffrey. (2000). States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Levi, Margaret. (1988). Of Rule and Revenue. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
- Mahoney, James. (2010). Colonialism and Postcolonial Development, Cambridge University Press
- Migdal, Joel. (1987) Strong Societies, Weak States. In Weiner, Myron & Huntington, Samuel, Understanding Political Development. Illinois: Scott Foresman/Little Brown.
- Olson, Mancur. (1982). The Rise and Decline of Nations. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2 3
- Scott, James. (1998). Seeing like a State. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Tilly, Charles. (1992). Coercion, Capital and European States. Oxford: Blackwell Press.

Political Regimes

- Acemoglu, Daron & Robinson, James. (2006). Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Boix, Carles. (2003). Democracy and Redistribution. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Ben Ansell and David Samuels, Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Dahl, Robert A. (1971). Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Gandhi, Jennifer & Lust-Okar, Ellen. (2009). “Elections under Authoritarianism.” Annual Review of Political Science, 12, 403-422.
- Lijphart, Arend. (1977). Democracy in Plural Societies: A Comparative Exploration. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Luebbert, Gregory M. (1987). Social Foundations of Political Order in Interwar Europe, World Politics, 39(4), 449-478.
- Moore, Barrington, Jr. (1966). Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World. Cambridge: Beacon Press.
- North, Douglass & Weingast, Barry. (1989). “Constitutions and Commitment: Evolution of the Institutions Governing Public Choice in 17th Century England.” Journal of Economic History, 49, 803-832.
- Przeworski, Adam, Alvarez, Michael, Cheibub, Jose, & Limongi, Fernando. (2000). Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Well Being in the World, 1950- 1990. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Svolik, Milan. 2012. The Politics of Authoritarian Rule. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Wedeen, Lisa. (1999). Ambiguities of Domination. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Political Institutions

- Bates, Robert. (1981). Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
- Linz, Juan, & Valenzuela, Arturo, eds. (1994). The Failure of Presidential Democracy: Comparative Perspectives. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
- North, Douglas. (1990). Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Powell, G. Bingham, Jr. (2001). Elections as Instruments of Democracy: Majoritarian and Proportional Visions. New Haven: Yale University Press.
- Putnam, Robert with Leonardi, Robert & Nanetti, Raffaella. (1993). Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Tsai, Lily. (2007). “Solidarity Groups, Informal Accountability and Local Public Goods Provision in Rural China.” American Political Science Review 101 (2): 355-372.

Political Parties, Participation, and Mobilization

- Aldrich, John Why Parties? The Origin and Transformation of Party Politics in America, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1995), part 1.
- Calvo, Ernesto and Maria Murillo, ‘Who Delivers? Partisan Clients in the Argentine Electoral Market’, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4, (October 2004), pp. 742-757.
- Cox, Gary. (1997). Making Votes Count: Strategic Coordination in the World’s Electoral Systems. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Chibber, Pradeep and Kollman, Ken (1998). “Party Aggregation and the Number of Parties in India and the United States.” American Political Science Review 9 (2): 329- 342.
- Downs. Anthony 1957. An Economic Theory of Democracy. Harper Collins, pp. 3-14, 21- 35, and 114-141.
- Garrett, Geoffrey. (1998). Partisan Politics in the Global Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Grzymala-Busse, Anna. (2007) Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Kitschelt, Herbert. (1992). “The Formation of Party Systems in East Central Europe.” Politics and Society, 20, 7-50.
- Lipset, Seymour Martin and Stein Rokkan. 1967. “Cleavage Structures, Party Systems, and Voter Alignments: An Introduction,” in Lipset and Rokkan eds., Party Systems and Voter Alignments, pp. 1-56
- Magaloni, Beatriz. (2006). Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Martin Shefter. (1981). “Parties and Patronage: England, Germany, and Italy.” Politics and Society, 7, 403-451.
- Shugart, Matthew & Carey, John. (1992). Presidents and Assemblies: Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Stokes, Susan, Thad Dunning, Marcelo Nazareno, and Valeria Brusco. (2013). Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism: The Puzzle of Distributive Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Thachil, Tariq. (2014). Elite Parties, Poor Voters: Social Services as Electoral Strategy in India. Cambridge University Press.
- Tsebelis, George. (1995). Decision Making in Political Systems: Veto Players in Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, Multicameralism and Multipartyism. British Journal of Political Science, 25, 289-325.

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