AP Comparative Government & Politics: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Comparative Government and Politics. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Comparative Government and Politics Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Comparative Government & Politics classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
Barrington, Lowell. Comparative Politics: Structures and Choices, 2nd edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. 2013.
Clark, William Roberts, Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenichek Golder. Principles of Comparative Politics, 2nd edition. Sage, CQ Press, 2013.
Danzinger, James N. Understanding the Political World: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science, 11th edition. Pearson, 2012.
Draper, Ramsay, and Ansil Ramsey. The Good Society: An Introduction to Comparative Politics, 2nd edition. Pearson, 2012.
Drogus, Orvis, Introducing Comparative Politics: Concepts and Cases in Context, 3rd edition. Sage, CQ Press, 2014.
Green, December, and Laura Luehrmann. Comparative Politics of the Third World: Linking Concepts and Cases, 3rd edition. Rienner, 2011.
Hague, Rod, and Martin Harrop. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, 7th edition. Palgrave, 2013.
Hauss, Charles, and Melissa Hauss. Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges, 8th edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Kesselman, Mark, Joel Krieger, and William A. Joseph. Introduction to Comparative Politics, 6th edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Magstadt, Thomas M. Nations and Governments: Comparative Politics in Regional Perspective, 6th edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2010.
McCormick, John. Comparative Politics in Transition, 7th edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.
O’Neill, Patrick H., Karl Fields, and Don Share. Cases in Comparative Politics, 4th edition. Norton, 2013.
Powell, G, Bingham, Russel J. Dalton, and Kaare Strom. Comparative Politics Today, A World View, 10th edition. Pearson, 2012.
Roskin, Michael G. Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture, 12th edition. Pearson, 2013.
Samuels, David J. Comparative Politics and Cases in Comparative Politics. Pearson, 2013.
Wood, Ethel. AP Comparative Government and Politics: An Essential Coursebook and Study Guide 6th edition. Woodyard Publications, 2014.