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Conceptualising Comparative Politics


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Advisory Board: Colin Hay (University of Sheffield), Courtney Jung (University of Toronto), Todd Landman (University of Essex), Mark Lichbach (University of Maryland), Shinasi Rama (New York University), Vivien Schmidt (Boston University), Till Förster (University of Basel), Zheng Yongnian (East Asia Institute/National University of Singapore)

Conceptualising Comparative Politics seeks to bring a distinctive approach to comparative politics by rediscovering the discipline’s rich conceptual tradition and inter-disciplinary foundations. It aims to fill out the conceptual framework on which the rest of the subfield draws but to which books only sporadically contribute, and to complement theoretical and conceptual analysis by applying it to deeply explored case studies. The series publishes books that make serious inquiry into fundamental concepts in comparative politics (crisis, legitimacy, credibility, representation, institutions, civil society, reconciliation) through theoretically engaging and empirical deep analysis.

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The End of Communist Rule in Albania: Political Change and The Role of The Student Movement

The End of Communist Rule in Albania: Political Change and The Role of The Student Movement

1st Edition

Shinasi A. Rama
September 30, 2019

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the Albanian Student Movement of 1990–1991. To date, there are no thorough studies of the first year of the post-Communist transition in Albania, which constitutes the most critical period of transition. The lessons to be learned are vast and of...

Manipulating Political Decentralisation: Africa's Inclusive Autocrats

Manipulating Political Decentralisation: Africa's Inclusive Autocrats

1st Edition

Lovise Aalen, Ragnhild L. Muriaas
July 12, 2019

Can autocrats establish representative subnational governments? And which strategies of manipulation are available if they would like to reduce the uncertainty caused by introducing political decentralisation? In the wake of local government reforms, several states across the world have introduced...

What Kind of Democracy?: Participation, Inclusiveness and Contestation

What Kind of Democracy?: Participation, Inclusiveness and Contestation

1st Edition

Kateřina Vráblíková
July 27, 2018

The broad expansion of non-electoral political participation is considered one of the major changes in the nature of democratic citizenship in the 21st century. Most scholars – but also governments, transnational and subnational political institutions, and various foundations – have adopted the...

Shaping Citizenship: A Political Concept in Theory, Debate and Practice

Shaping Citizenship: A Political Concept in Theory, Debate and Practice

1st Edition

Claudia Wiesner, Anna Björk, Hanna-Mari Kivistö, Katja Mäkinen
December 26, 2017

Citizenship is a core concept for the social sciences, and citizenship is also frequently interpreted, challenged and contested in different political arenas. Shaping Citizenship explores how the concept is debated and contested, defined and redefined, used and constructed by different agents, at...

Migration Governance across Regions: State-Diaspora Relations in the Latin America-Southern Europe Corridor

Migration Governance across Regions: State-Diaspora Relations in the Latin America-Southern Europe Corridor

1st Edition

Ana Margheritis
June 16, 2017

Migration policies are rarely effective. Examples of unintended and undesirable outcomes abound. In Latin America, very little is known about the impact and long-term sustainability of state policies towards emigrants. Following a world-wide trend, Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil...

Trust and Terror (Open Access): Social Capital and the Use of Terrorism as a Tool of Resistance

Trust and Terror (Open Access): Social Capital and the Use of Terrorism as a Tool of Resistance

1st Edition

Ammar Shamaileh
May 02, 2017

Why do some individuals choose to protest political grievances via non-violent means, while others take up arms? What role does whom we trust play in how we collectively act? This book explores these questions by delving into the relationship between interpersonal trust and the nature of the...

The Politics of Governance: Actors and Articulations in Africa and Beyond

The Politics of Governance: Actors and Articulations in Africa and Beyond

1st Edition

Lucy Koechlin, Till Förster
November 29, 2016

How do government arrangements emerge? When and how does individual agency turn into collective agency? How do sensory experiences of violence, instability, etc affect the configuration of governance arrangements? When, why, and how are governance arrangements institutionalized? This book seeks to...

From Religious Empires to Secular States: State Secularization in Turkey, Iran, and Russia

From Religious Empires to Secular States: State Secularization in Turkey, Iran, and Russia

1st Edition

Birol Başkan
May 31, 2016

In the 1920s and the 1930s, Turkey, Iran and Russia vehemently pursued state-secularizing reforms, but adopted different strategies in doing so. But why do states follow different secularizing strategies? The literature has already shattered the illusion that secularization of the state has been a...

Conceptualising Comparative Politics

Conceptualising Comparative Politics

1st Edition

Anthony Petros Spanakos, Francisco Panizza
July 10, 2015

Comparative politics often involves testing of hypotheses using new methodological approaches without giving sufficient attention to the concepts which are fundamental to hypotheses, particularly the ability of these concepts to ‘travel’. Proper operationalising requires deep reflection on the...

Moments of Truth: The Politics of Financial Crises in Comparative Perspective

Moments of Truth: The Politics of Financial Crises in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Francisco Panizza, George Philip
May 21, 2015

The current financial and sovereign debt crisis of the European Union and the United States can be regarded as the most recent of a wave of financial and sovereign debt crises that have affected different regions of the world over the past quarter century. While there is a large and growing body of...

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