The first edition of Comparing Democracies was a landmark text, providing students with a thematic introduction to the global study of elections and voting. In this major new edition the world's leading international scholars have again produced an indispensable guide and up-to-date review of the whole field. Each of the chapters (the majority of which are completely new) provide a broad theoretical and comparative understanding of all the key topics associated with the elections including electoral and party systems, voter choice and turnout, campaign communications, and the new politics of direct democracy. This Second Edition will remain essential reading for students and lecturers of elections and voting behaviour, comparative politics, parties, and democracy.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G. Niemi and Pippa NorrisLawrence LeDuc, Richard G Niemi and Pippa Norris Comparing Democratic Elections Electoral Systems - Andre Blais and Louis Massicotte Referendums and Initiatives - Lawrence LeDuc The Politics of Direct Democracy Comparing Party Systems - Peter Mair Candidate Selection - Reuven Y Hazan Campaign Communications - Pippa Norris The Dynamics of Electoral Participation - Mark N Franklin Voting - William L Miller and Richard G Niemi Choice, Conditioning, and Constraint Political Cleavages, Issues, and Electoral Change - Russell J Dalton Consolidating Democracies - Larry Diamond