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Comparative Politics

Sixth Edition

Daniele Caramani

03 April 2023

ISBN: 9780192846051

680 pages

Price: £39.99

With unparalleled empirical material, this is the most comprehensive introduction to comparative politics written by leading experts in the field.



With unparalleled empirical material, this is the most comprehensive introduction to comparative politics written by leading experts in the field.

  • 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 practise 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
  • Now available as an e-book enhanced with embedded self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

About the Author(s)

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'.

Table of Contents

    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


"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.

Additional Resources

Comparative Politics 6e is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The online student resources include:
- A web directory of databases
- Multiple-choice questions
- Interactive graphs
- A library of web links to relevant databases, blogs, debates, and videos
- Answers to end of chapter questions
- Videos of news reports, speeches, analysis, and key events
- A bank of comparative tables and country profiles
- An interactive flashcard glossary

Teaching resources for adopting lecturers include:
- Seminar activities
- A bank of test questions

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