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Can't tell Mexico apart 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.

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Specifically designed for mastering the AP Comparative Government & Politics Exam. Learn the difference between comparing governments and comparing politics, what political scientists really mean when they talk about cleavages in politics (hint: not what you think), and the nitty-gritty on the six countries you'll need to know.

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  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

    • Purpose and Methods of Comparison and Classification
    • Concepts
    • Process and Policy

  • Sovereignty, Authority, and Power

    • Political Culture, Commu-nication, and Socialization
    • Nations and States
    • Supranational Governance
    • Sources of Power
    • Constitutions
    • Regime Types
    • Types of Economic Systems
    • State Building, Legitimacy, and Stability
    • Belief Systems as Sources of Legitimacy
    • Governance and Accountability

  • Political Institutions

    • Levels of Government
    • Executives
    • Legislatures
    • Parliamentary and Presidential Systems
    • Elections
    • Electoral Systems
    • Political Parties
    • Party Systems
    • Leadership and Elite Recruitment
    • Interest Groups and Interest Group Systems
    • Bureaucracies
    • Military and Other Coercive Institutions
    • Judiciaries

  • Citizens, Society, and the State

    • Cleavages and Politics
    • Civil Society and Social Capital
    • Media Roles
    • Political Participation
    • Social Movements
    • Citizenship and Representation

  • Political and Economic Change

    • Revolution, Coups, and War
    • Trends and Types of Political Change
    • Trends and Types of Economic Change
    • Relationship Between Political and Economic Change
    • Globalization and Fragmentation
    • Approaches to Development

  • Public Policy

    • Common Policy Issues
    • Public Policymaking and Implementation

  • And a lot more!

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