Comparing Political Systems

Comparing Political Systems

Comparing Political Systems

Comparing Political Systems

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Comparing Political Systems is designed to be of use to all those who feel more and more that political life must be studied on a worldwide basis. Until recently it was possible to concentrate, often in great detail, on the institutions and problems of a few countries, possibly because others seemed less important, possibly because it was assumed, consciously or not, that all would eventually converge toward the "models" that the United States, Britain, France, and later the Soviet Union had devised for the world. Yet, in becoming smaller, the modern world has become more complex politically. The governmental structures of these large countries have indeed been used as models by newer nations, but in the course of imitation alterations were necessarily made until, with the passage of time, the copies became very different from the original blueprints. It is no longer realistic to believe that we can understand all governments by studying only a few countries; nor is it reasonable to expect that the few "more important" polities will continue to be guides and models for others.

In analyzing governments across the world, one has to simplify and summarize, particularly in a short book; I shall therefore concentrate here on the central features of "structures of . . .

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