Comparative Politics (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780198820604

Daniele Caramani
616 Pages
195 x 265 mm
Pub date
Mar 2020
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  • Includes an unparalleled amount of empirical material, in the text and online, to support help students understand the real world relevance of the comparative method
  • Explores the theory, history, institutions, structures and public policies of different political systems to offer students new to the subject a comprehensive first introduction
  • Cutting edge treatment of theories in comparative politics showcase innovative ideas to inspire and engage students
  • Written by a diverse team of scholars, enabling students to learn directly from leading experts

New to this Edition:

  • The fifth edition welcomes a host of new author talent: Dieter Rucht (Emeritus Professor of Sociology, the Berlin Social Science Center, Germany), Natasha Lindstaedt (Deputy Dean and Professor, Department of Government, University of Essex, UK), Liesbet Hooghe (W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, USA), Gary Marks (Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, USA)
  • The text has been thoroughly updated to reflect the impact of current events and issues, from Brexit, Trump and Populism to analysis of gender, representation and the impact of the #MeToo movement
  • Chapter 15 has been reworked to focus on Regions and Ethnicity, providing essential analysis of developing countries
  • New discussion of comparative democratization to complement the coverage of democracy and authoritarian regimes

With unparalleled empirical material, this is the most comprehensive introduction to comparative politics written by the leading experts in the field who bring together a diverse and informed international perspective on comparative politics. Five new authors join the team for the fifth edition, bringing fresh ideas and insights to the comparative analysis the book provides.
The new edition has been brought fully up to date with coverage of Brexit, Trump and the resurgence of Populism, and a greater focus on developing countries through a reworked Chapter 15 on Regions and Ethnicity. Furthermore, the chapter on Political Culture includes more in-depth coverage of gender and representation in the era of the #MeToo movement. Importantly, issues around migration and how different countries respond are explored in Chapter 24 on Globalization.
An unrivalled amount of empirical material in the text and in the supporting online resources illustrates key similarities and differences of political systems in practice. The wealth of empirical data also encourages students to go beyond the 'what' of comparison to the 'how'. Combining cutting edge treatment of theories and truly global geographical coverage, this exciting textbook is essential reading for all comparative politics students.


Section I: Theories and methods
1: The relevance of comparative politics, Bo Rothstein
2: Approaches in comparative politics, B. Guy Peters
3: Comparative research methods, Hans Keman and Paul Pennings

Section II: The historical context
4: The nation-state, Gianfranco Poggi
5: Democracies, Aníbal Pérez-Liñán
6: Authoritarian regimes, Natasha Lindstaedt

Section III: Structures and institutions
7: Legislatures, Amie Kreppel
8: Governments and bureaucracies, Wolfgang C. Müller
9: Constitutions and courts, Alec Stone Sweet
10: Elections and referendums, Michael Gallagher
11: Federalism and Multi-level Governance, Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks

Section IV: Actors and processes
12: Political parties, Richard S. Katz
13: Party systems, Daniele Caramani
14: Interest groups, Roland Erne
15: Regions and Ethnicity, James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon
16: Social movements, Dieter Rucht
17: Political culture, Christian Welzel and Ronald Inglehart
18: Political participation, Herbert Kitschelt and Philipp Rehm
19: Political communication, Frank Esser and Barbara Pfetsch

Section V: Public policies
20: Policy making, Christoph Knill and Jale Tosun
21: The welfare state, Kees van Kersbergen and Philip Manow
22: The impact of public policies, Jørgen Goul Andersen

Section VI: Beyond the Nation-State
23: The EU as a new political system, Simon Hix
24: Globalization and the nation-state, Georg Sørensen
25: Promoting democracy, Peter Burrell

About the author: 

Edited by Daniele Caramani, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Zurich
Jørgen Goul Andersen, Aarhus University, Denmark
James Bickerton, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Natasha Lindstaedt, University of Essex, UK
Peter Burnell, University of Warwick, UK
Daniele Caramani, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Roland Erne, University College Dublin, Ireland
Frank Esser, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Hans Keman, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paul Pennings, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alain-G. Gagnon, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada
Michael Gallagher, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland
Simon Hix, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan, USA
Richard S. Katz, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Kees van Kersbergen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University, USA
Christoph Knill, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Amie Kreppel, University of Florida, USA
Dieter Rucht, Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Gary Marks, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Philip Manow, University of Bremen, Germany
Wolfgang C. Müller, University of Vienna, Austria
Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, University of Pittsburgh, USA
B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Barbara Pfetsch, Free University Berlin, Germany
Gianfranco Poggi, University of Virginia, USA
Philipp Rehm, Ohio State University, USA
Bo Rothstein, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Georg Sørensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Alec Stone Sweet, Yale University, USA
Jale Tosun, Heidelberg University, Germany
Claudius Wagemann, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Christian Welzel, Leuphana University, Germany

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