Political Atlas of the Modern World. An Experiment in Multidimensional Statistical Analysis of the Political Systems of Modern States

  • ID: 4290705
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How can we compare political systems in contemporary world politics? What measures can we use to understand the political development of countries whose histories and cultures make them so different?The Political Atlas of the Modern World is a unique reference source which addresses these questions by providing a comparative study of the political systems of all 192 countries of the world.

Using quantitative data and multidimensional statistical analysis, the Atlas ranks countries according to five indices of political development:

  • stateness
  • external and internal threats
  • potential of international influence
  • quality of life
  • institutional basis of democracy.

Illustrated throughout with tables and diagrams, the book describes the methodological tools used and the key research findings.  This innovative research project was initiated and sponsored by the Institute for Public Projects (Moscow) and supported by MGIMO–University.

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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. Theoretical and Methodological Grounds of the Project.

1.1 Comparative Analysis Methods.

1.2 Methods of Multidimensional Statistical Analysis.

1.3 Overview of Precedents.

2. Indices: Rationale and Structure.

2.1 Stateness Index.

2.2 External and Internal Threats Index.

2.3 Index of Potential of International Influence.

2.4 Quality of Life Index.

2.5 Index of Institutional Basis of Democracy.

3. Country Ratings.

3.1 Countries Rated by the Stateness Index.

3.2 Countries Rated by the External and Internal Threats Index.

3.3 Countries Rated by the Index of Potential of International Influence.

3.4 Countries Rated by the Quality of Life Index.

3.5 Countries Rated by the Index of Institutional Basis of Democracy.

3.6 Correlations Between the Indices.

3.7 Correlation Between the Institutional Basis of Democracy Index and Democracy Indices of Other Projects.

4. Countries Classified by Principal Components Method and Cluster Analysis.

4.1 Countries Classified by the Principal Components Method.

4.2 Countries Classified by Cluster Analysis.

5. From Universal Comparisons to Country Profiles.

5.1 The United States in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.2 The United Kingdom in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.3 Germany in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.4 France in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.5 Japan in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.6 China in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.7 India in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.8 Brazil in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.9 North Korea in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.10 Myanmar in Multidimensional Classifications.

5.11 Russia and Other Post–Communist States in Multidimensional Classifications.

Conclusion.

Index of Countries.

Index of Names.

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“While only a statistician could properly evaluate the authors’methodology, they have compiled a book which will well deserve the attention of the world’s political scientists and global strategists.”  (Reference Reviews Journal, 2011)

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