Comparative Politics

Fifth Edition

Daniele Caramani

Comparative Politics

Fifth Edition

Daniele Caramani






15 Mar 2020




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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. Five new authors join the team for the fifth edition, bringing fresh ideas and insights to the comparative analysis the book provides.

The fifth edition of Comparative Politics 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.


  • 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), and Gary Marks (Burton Craige Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, USA)
  • 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.

This title is available as an eBook. Please contact your Learning Resource Consultant for more information.


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 Ezrow

Section III: Structures and Institutions
7. Legislatures Amie Kreppel
8. Governments and Bureaucracies Wolfgang C. Müller
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 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. Promoting Democracy Sonja Grimm


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

Student Resources

The following resources are available for students using Comparative Politics, fifth edition:

  • 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

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Comparative Politics, fifth edition, for their course:

  • PowerPoint slides
  • Test bank
  • Figures and tables from the book
  • Seminar activities