Corporatism is the third great ideolgy of modern social and political organization and it is one of the main organizing concepts used in comparative political analysis. This study traces corporatism in history, analyzes its modern practice and shows the rise of corporatism in the US.
Beginning with an introduction to the field of comparative politics, this clear and complete text moves on to explore new, innovative directions in the field. Leading scholar Howard J. Wiarda explores its main approaches, including political development, political culture, dependency theory, corporatism, indigenous theories of change, state-society relations, rational choice, and the new institutionalism. The book then turns its attention to the hot issues in the field. The book concludes with a stimulating discussion of whether the great systems debates of the past (socialism vs. capitalism, democracy vs. authoritarianism) are now over, and points to some of the next important study and research frontiers. Students, professors, and general readers will all find Comparative Politics current, provocative, and well written--a truly balanced overview.
This brief, lively, and well-written text sparks students' interest by focusing on current trends, issues, and controversies in the field. Through this focus, Wiarda gives students an overview of the field, traces its history and development, and surveys newer approaches in a sequential and systematic fashion.
Howard J. Wiarda is one of the leading global scholars of international relations, comparative politics, and foreign policy, and the author/editor of more than sixty books. Now in this highly personal and swashbuckling account, Professor Wiarda tells the stories that lie behind the research: his adventures in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Africa. Complementing his academic work, these four volumes are filled with impressions, research findings, gossip, and preliminary ideas and concepts-the true "stuff" of how scholarly books get written. For Wiarda has had a remarkable life: teaching in some of the nation's leading universities, academic policy work in the State and Defense Departments, and denizen of Washington think tanks. He has also lived abroad for extensive periods and traveled widely in some of the world's most troubled and exciting places. These books tell the story of his "adventures in research". Volume IV provides an account of the countries and regions-Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Russia-that Wiarda has revisited again and again, and their remarkable development over the decades. Hence the title, "Return Visits".
This succinct overview of the political factors that condition social and economic development in Latin America is the perfect core text in courses on politics, government, social change, and transitions to democracy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
This book is designed as a textbook in the new, mushrooming course on civil society, and as a supplemental text in a variety of courses dealing with development, democracy, the Third World, and foreign policy.. Using case studies from sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and including such critical countries as South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and Egypt, focuses on the processes and politics of dismantling "corporate" (state directed) economies in the Third World in order to move toward civil societies of free associability and democracy. The book presents a number of significant findings and recommendations, for example: *Civil society plays an emerging role in East Asia and Latin America but is still weak in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. *No one model of development fits all countries. It is imperative to recognize and accommodate indigenous aspects of civil society in development. *Corporatism will remain especially important in countries at a middle level of development as they make the transition from authoritarianism to democracy.. } }
"Republication of Wiarda's prior writings on US post-Cold War policy reconsiderations, addressing Bush and Clinton processes, critical policy issues, five case studies, and aspects of Latin American politics; contributions are interesting but only loosely linked as a collection"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) is one of the nation's leading foreign policy research institutions. In this penetrating book, Howard J. Wiarda explores Harvard's history and culture, the founding and development of WCFIA, its internal dynamics, how it influences foreign policy, and why its influence is so extensive. Engagingly written and from an insider's viewpoint, the book recounts the author's long experience at Harvard and WCFIA.