Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
Book abstract: The two-volume Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics fills a gap in scholarship on an increasingly important field within Political Science. Comparative Politics, the discipline devoted to the politics of other countries or peoples, has been steadily gaining prominence as a field of study, allowing politics to be viewed from a wider foundation than a concentration on domestic affairs would permit.
The Companion focuses on the major theories, concepts, and conclusions that define the field, analyzing the similarities and differences between political units. Additionally, the Companion outlines those comparativists who have influenced the field in significant ways, and politicians whose administrations have shaped the evaluation of contrasting governments.
Saich, Anthony. "Tiananmen Square." The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics. Ed. Joel Krieger. Oxford University Press, 2012, 442-443.