You are here

Comparing Democracies

Comparing Democracies

Third Edition
Edited by:

304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The benchmark First and Second Editions of Comparing Democracies represented essential guides to the global study of elections. Reflecting recent developments in the field, this timely new edition gives an indispensable state-of-the art review of the whole field from the world's leading international scholars. With a completely new thematic introduction which explores how democracy is built and sustained, thoroughly updated chapters (many of which are also new) , the Third Edition provides a theoretical and comparative understanding of the major topics related to elections and introduces important work on key new areas. Comparing Democracies, Third Edition will remain a must-read for students and lecturers of elections and voting behavior, comparative politics, parties, and democracy.
Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G. Niemi, and Pippa Norris
Introduction: Building and Sustaining Democracy
Elisabeth Carter and David M. Farrell
Electoral Systems and Election Management
Susan E. Scarrow
Political Parties and Party Systems
Ingrid van Biezen
Party and Campaign Finance
Christopher Wlezien
Election Campaigns
Claes H. de Vreese
Campaign Communications and Media
Russell J. Dalton
Ideology, Partisanship and Democratic Development
André Blais
Political Participation
Timothy Hellwig
Elections and the Economy
Marian Sawer
Women and Elections
G. Bingham Powell Jr.
The Consequences of Elections

'Clearly written and combining rigorous theory with practical insights, Comparing Democracies is essential reading for anyone interested in the extent and depth of democratization in the early twenty-first century' - Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, The Australian National University

'The first two editions of Comparing Democracies were widely appreciated for giving us an excellent introduction to most of the key themes in the study of modern democracies. The editors must be applauded for once again providing state of the art reviews of key topics by leading scholars in an accessible style' - Michael Marsh, Professor of Comparative Political Behaviour, Trinity College Dublin

This is a good update of the previous edition, and provides a nice supplement to the other reading materials on my course.

Dr Thomas Lundberg
Department of Politics, Glasgow University
February 8, 2011

It can only be a reccomended text for this course because it is UK focused, but useful for comprative aspects of it, and very up to date.

Dr Ana Langer
Department of Politics, Glasgow University
February 4, 2011

The book is good, but can only be used as a supplemental book to the main text for intellectual property law.

Mr Timothy Umahi
School of Law, Manchester University
July 23, 2010

Very good for systematic data on a high range of countries; specially for electoral behaviour; very useful to support teaching.

Dr Cristina Leston-Bandeira
Politics & International Studies, Hull University
June 11, 2010

A useful collection of contributions from recognised experts in the field

Dr Eric Shaw
Dept of Politics, Stirling University
April 30, 2010

I REALLY like this book, and I may change my mind. The only thing keeping me from using it is that it only covers democracies. And that's not a fault--I don't know if you could add autocracies without losing some of the cohesion. But I'm not sure I can abandon that part of this course. I may find a use for it in another course, though. I certainly would like to do so.

Dr Nathan Griffith
Political Science Dept, Belmont University
April 27, 2010

This is an excellent book with some superb authors. An essential book for any module involving the study of elections.

Dr Robin Pettitt
Politics, Kingston University
April 22, 2010

While the book contains some valuable information about democratic political regimes in general, it contains too many technical/specific details and information for undergraduate students, including juniors taking an introductory/regular course on comparative politics. Graduate students may find this book helpful, if they are strictly concentrating on democracy as their research subject.

Dr Gul Kurtoglu Eskisar
International Relations, Dokuz Eylul University
February 10, 2010

New to the third edition:

  • a completely new thematic introduction
  • thoroughly updated and new chapters
  • more detailed coverage of elections and voting behaviour
  • broader geographical coverage

Lawrence LeDuc

Richard Gene Niemi

Richard G. Niemi is Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester, where he has taught for forty-five years and has served as department chair, associate dean for graduate studies, and interim dean. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1967. Professor Niemi has been a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Lund (Sweden) and at the University of Iowa. In 2007–2009 he was president of the American Political Science Association’s Section on State Politics and Policy. He is a foreign... More About Author

Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris is Director of the Democratic Governance group in the United Nations Development Programme in New York and the Maguire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Recent books include Sacred and Secular: Politics and Religion Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, 2004), Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (2004), and Driving Democratization: What Works (2006). Norris, who is a political scientist, has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the National Endowment for... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.