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Comparative Politics (6th edition)
Comparative Politics (6th edition)

Comparative Politics (6th edition)

Daniele Caramani
  • Includes an unparalleled amount of empirical material to support students in their understanding of 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
  • Its cutting-edge treatment of theories in comparative politics showcases 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 6th edition includes new chapters on the nation state, electoral systems, the impact of public policies, and promoting and protecting democracy
  • New 'applied' end of chapter questions invite students to practice applying comparative theories and methodologies to real world issues
  • Additional coverage has been added throughout on authoritarian states, populism, nationalism, migration, political violence, gender equality, and environmental politics
  • New contemporary examples focus on non-Western states, and multi-ethnic societies

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. Six new authors join the team for the sixth 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 the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and challenges to the global international order. A new chapter on the Nation-State and multicultural citizenship focuses on identity, community, ethnicity, migration, and regions. In addition to this, a new chapter 11, 'Direct Democracy', provides cutting-edge analysis of referendums, citizen assemblies, and other forms of democratic innovations. Additional analysis of gender equality, poverty, and climate change is provided from a global perspective in the new chapter 22, which examines the impact of public policies. And finally, a new chapter 25, 'Promoting and Protecting Democracy', draws on the latest developments, such as global shifts towards authoritarian regimes and autocracy, and international relations perspectives, to present a clear overview of democracy promotion.
An unrivalled amount of empirical material in the text illustrates the key similarities and differences across political systems. 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.


0:Introduction to Comparative Politics, Daniele Caramani

Section I: Theories and Methods
1:The Relevance of Comparative Politics, Bo Rothstein
2:Approaches in Comparative Politic, B. Guy Peters
3:Comparative Research Methods, Paul Pennings

Section II: The Historical Context
4:The Nation-State and Multicultural Citizenship, Atsuko Ichijo
5:Democracies, Aníbal Pérez-Liñán
6:Authoritarian Regimes, Natasha Lindstaedt

Section III: Structures and Institutions
7:Legislatures, Amie Kreppel
8:Governments and Cabinets, Wolfgang C Müller
9:Constitutions, Rights, and Judicial Power, Alec Stone Sweet
10:Democratic Innovations, Nicole Curato
11:Elections and Representation, Orit Kedar
12:Multilevel Governance, iesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, and Arjan H. Schakel

Section IV: Actors and Processes
13:Political Parties, Richard S. Katz
14:Party Systems, Daniele Caramani
15:Interest Groups, Roland Erne
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, Jane Gingrich

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 and Protecting Democracy, Julia Leininger and Solveig Richter

About the author: 

Daniele Caramani, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Zurich
Daniele Caramani is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Zurich. He is the author of The Nationalization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2004)-awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences-and The Europeanization of Politics (Cambridge University Press 2015) as well as of Introduction to the Comparative Method with Boolean Algebra (Sage, 'Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences' 2009) and the handbook and CD-ROM Elections in Western Europe since 1815 (Palgrave 2000). He is co-director of the Constituency-Level Data Archive (CLEA) which received the APSA 'Dataset Award'.
Daniele Caramani
Bo Rothstein
B. Guy Peters
Paul Pennings
Atsuko Ichijo
Aníbal Pérez-Liñán
Natasha Lindstaedt
Amie Kreppel
Wolfgang C Müller
Alec Stone Sweet
Nicole Curato
Orit Kedar
Liesbet Hooghe
Gary Marks
Arjan H. Schakel
Richard S. Katz
Dieter Rucht
Christian Welzel
Ronald Inglehart
Herbert Kitschelt
Philipp Rehm
Frank Esser
Barbara Pfetsch
Christoph Knill
Jale Tosun
Kees van Kersbergen
Philip Manow
Jane Gingrich
Simon Hix
Georg Sørensen
Julia Leininger
Solveig Richter

"This comprehensive introduction to comparative politics by top scholars in the field strikes the right balance between theory and the description of actual politics on the ground. There is no doubt that it is a first-class textbook for undergraduate studies." - Dr Carles Boix, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA

"An excellent book that engages with the essential concepts of comparative politics. It provides an excellent theoretical basis coupled with a wide range of examples." - Assistant Professor Anna McKeever, Department of Education and Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland, UK.

"This is a first-class textbook on comparative politics, which introduces the key topics in the field in an accessible way, thereby connecting political science "classics", recent research, and actual politics." - Assistant Professor Koen Damhuis, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Product details

ISBN : 9780192846051

Daniele Caramani
624 Pages
195 x 265 mm
Pub date
Apr 2023
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Comparative Politics (6th edition)

Comparative Politics (6th edition)

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