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Comparative Politics

Fifth Edition

Edited by Daniele Caramani

29 April 2020

ISBN: 9780198820604

664 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

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



The fifth edition of Comparative Politics has been thoroughly updated to provide a cutting-edge and wide-ranging introduction to comparative politics.

  • Includes an unparalleled amount of empirical material, in the text and online, to 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 showcases innovative ideas to inspire and engage students
  • Written by a diverse team of scholars, enabling students to learn directly from leading experts
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

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)
  • An exploration of the impact of current political events and issues, from Brexit, Trump and populism, to analysis of gender, representation, and the impact of the #MeToo movement
  • Reworked Chapters 6, 11, and 16 giving you an essential analysis of authoritarianism, multi-level institutions and social movements
  • New discussion of comparative democratization to complement the coverage of democracy and authoritarian regimes

About the Author(s)

Edited by Daniele Caramani, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Zurich

Table of Contents

    Introduction to comparative politics, Daniele Caramani
    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, rights, and judicial power, Alec Stone Sweet
    10:Elections and referendums, Michael Gallagher
    11:Multilevel governance, Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, and Arjan H. Schakel
    Section IV: Actors and processes
    12:Political parties, Richard S. Katz
    13:Party systems, Daniele Caramani
    14:Interest groups, Roland Erne
    15:Regions, 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:From supporting democracy to supporting autocracy, Peter Burnell


"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." - Carles Boix, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA

"Provides comprehensive coverage of all the key topics in introductory comparative politics. A great textbook!" - Lucy Abbott, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Comparative Politics is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

This book is supported by online resources designed to help students take their learning further.

Student Resources:
- Comparative data sets for over 200 countries - files can be used for empirical analysis, essay writing and lab exercises
- Web directory of data archives
- Review questions and exercises
- Flashcard glossary
- Country profiles

Instructor Resources:
- PowerPoint slides
- Test bank
- Figures and tables from the book
- Seminar activities

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