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Comparative Politics

Sixth Edition

Daniele Caramani

Publication Date - July 2023

ISBN: 9780192846051

680 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

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 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.

The sixth edition includes a wealth of embedded digital resources, which are accessible through the enhanced e-book. These include:

- Multiple-choice questions for every section, designed to reinforce students' understanding of key points through frequent and cumulative revision, and to assist with independent self-study
- Interactive graphs with live-updating data, which allow readers to manipulate and customise their own charts, to help reinforce understanding of empirical data in the context of each chapter
- A library of web links to relevant databases, blogs, debates, and videos, to help explore research interests and take learning further
- Answers to end of chapter questions, which contain useful hints and tips to help tackle the knowledge-based, critical thinking, and applied questions
- Videos of news reports, speeches, analysis, and key events to help bring theories and concepts to life
- A bank of comparative tables and country profiles, which illustrate ideas and concepts, but can also be used in students' own research and analysis, giving readers a real sense of how comparative politics works in practice.
- An interactive flashcard glossary to test students' knowledge and understanding of each chapter's key terms

Teaching resources for adopting lecturers include:
- Seminar activities that lecturers can use to engage their students, based on the content of each chapter
- A bank of questions for lecturers to use to test students' understanding of key concepts covered in the chapters

New to this Edition

  • The sixth 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


  • 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

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, Atzuko 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

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