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.
Section I: Theories and Methods 1. The Relevance of Comparative Politics Bo Rothstein2. Approaches in Comparative Politics B. Guy Peters3. Comparative Research Methods Hans Keman and Paul PenningsSection II: The Historical Context4. The Nation-state Gianfranco Poggi5. Democracies Anibal Perez-Linan 6. Authoritarian Regimes Natasha EzrowSection 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 MarksSection 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 PfetschSection 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 AndersenSection 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