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AP® Comparative Government and Politics

What's your policy on…?


Can't tell Mexico from Nigeria…or, uh, the United Kingdom, Russia, Iran, and China? Shmoop's guide to AP Comparative Government & Politics will have you comparing their politics (not to mention their governments) in no time at all.

In this guide, you'll learn

  • the differences between comparing governments and comparing politics.
  • what political scientists really mean when they talk about cleavages in politics (hint: not what you think).
  • the nitty-gritty on the six countries you'll need to know.

You won't need a Venn diagram (you might, no promises) to get your compare game on.

Inside the AP Comparative Government & Politics guide, you'll find

  • a diagnostic exam to figure out where you're struggling before you even begin. 
  • two full-length practice exams that mimic the look and feel of the exam.
  • answer explanations to help figure out where you went wrong…or right.
  • test-taking tips to help you break down a lengthy exam.
  • loads of practice drills.
  • review of comparative politics, including purpose and methods of comparison and classification, concepts, and process and policy.
  • refreshers on sovereignty, authority, and power; including nations and states, sources of power, constitutions, and more.
  • checkups on political institutions, including levels of government, elections, party systems, and more.
  • review of citizens, society, and the state; including cleavages and politics, media roles, and more.
  • information on political and economic change, including trends and types of political change, globalization and fragmentation, and more.
  • review of public policy, including common policy issues and public policymaking and implementation.

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