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Now in a new edition, Comparative Politics provides an exciting and authoritative introduction to all of the core areas of the field. Featuring a diverse range of perspectives from expert international contributors, it explores the methods and theories of comparative politics and also examines the institutions, actors, processes, and policies at the heart of political systems around the world. The selections elucidate the major themes and also present students with a wealth of empirical data and examples--drawn from both developing regions and industrial countries--that demonstrate similarities and differences in practice and encourage further research. The text is enhanced by excellent pedagogical features including readers' guides, key points, questions, a guide to further reading, text boxes, and a glossary.
Daniele Caramani is Chair of Comparative Politics, Head of the Department of Political Science, Co-Director of the Institute of Political Science, and Vice-Dean of the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Table of Contents
I. THEORIES AND METHODS 1. The Evolution of Comparative Politics, Klaus von Beyme 2. Approaches in Comparative Politics, B. Guy Peters 3. Comparative Research Methods, Hans Keman II. THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT 4. The Nation-state, Gianfranco Poggi 5. Democracies, Peter Mair 6. Authoritarian Regimes, Paul Brooker III. STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS 7. Legislatures, Amie Kreppel 8. Governments and Bureaucracies, Wolfgang C. Muller 9. Constitutions and Judicial Power, Alec Stone Sweet 10. Elections and Referendums, Michael Gallagher 11. Federal and Local Government Institutions, John Loughlin IV. ACTORS AND PROCESSES 12. Political Parties, Richard S. Katz 13. Party Systems, Daniele Caramani 14. Interest Associations, Roland Erne 15. Regions, 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, Pippa Norris 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 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, Peter Burnell