Organized thematically around important questions in comparative politics--Who rules? What explains political behavior? Where and why?--Introducing Comparative Politics integrates a set of extended case studies of 11 core countries into the narrative. Serving as touchstones, the cases are set in chapters where they make the most sense topically--not separated from theory or in a separate volume--and vividly illustrate issues in cross-national context. The book's hybrid organization allows you to teach the way you want to teach and gives students a more accurate sense of comparative study.