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Comparative Politics

Fifth Edition

Edited by Daniele Caramani

Publication Date - 29 June 2020

ISBN: 9780198820604

664 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

In Stock


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.

New to this Edition

  • The fifth edition welcomes a host of new author talent: Gianfranco Poggi (Professor of Sociology, University of Trento, Canada), Natasha Ezrow (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) and Sonja Grimm (Honorary Research Associate, UCL, UK)
  • 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


  • 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

About the Author(s)

Daniele Caramani, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Zurich

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

Table of Contents

    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, Anibal Perez-Linan
    6. Authoritarian regimes, Natasha Ezrow
    Section III: Structures and institutions
    7. Legislatures, Amie Kreppel
    8. Governments and bureaucracies, Wolfgang C. Muller
    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, Hanspeter Kriesi
    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, Jorgen 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 Sorensen
    25. Promoting democracy, Sonja Grimm

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