Designed primarily as an introductory textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate students offering comparative politics as a compulsory course, this finely integrated text is by far the most comprehensive, yet concise and critical analysis of the contending approaches, methods, and models and the theory-building efforts made in the second half of this century. The book provides a lucid and up-to-date presentation of the ramifications of the governmental process and political dynamics, issues and problems relating to the structure, function, process and operation of governmental and political organizations in a genuinely comparative perspective. About The Author SAMIRENDRA N. RAY PH.D.,Professor of Political Science, University of North Bengal, Earlier, he was Dean, Faculty of Arts, Commerce and Law of the University and member,UGC National Panel on Political Science. He also distinguished himself as Senior Fullbright Fellow (1980-81) University of California at Santa Barbara and Indo-US Exchange Fellow (1989), University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Besides, Professor Ray has presented several papers in prestigious national and international conferences.