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Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions

Edited by: Jennifer Gandhi , Rubén Ruiz-Rufino

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415630887
eBook ISBN: 9781315731377
Adobe ISBN: 9781317551799

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The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions (HCPI) is designed to serve as a comprehensive reference guide to our accumulated knowledge and the cutting edge of scholarship about political institutions in the comparative context. It differs from existing handbooks in that it focuses squarely on institutions but also discusses how they intersect with the study of mass behaviour and explain important outcomes, drawing on the perspective of comparative politics. The Handbook is organized into three sections:

  • The first section, consisting of six chapters, is organized around broad theoretical and empirical challenges affecting the study of institutions. It highlights the major issues that emerge among scholars defining, measuring, and analyzing institutions.
  • The second section includes fifteen chapters, each of which handles a different substantive institution of importance in comparative politics. This section covers traditional topics, such as electoral rules and federalism, as well as less conventional but equally important areas, including authoritarian institutions, labor market institutions, and the military. Each chapter not only provides a summary of our current state of knowledge on the topic, but also advances claims that emphasise the research frontier on the topic and that should encourage greater investigation.
  • The final section, encompassing seven chapters, examines the relationship between institutions and a variety of important outcomes, such as political violence, economic performance, and voting behavior. The idea is to consider what features of the political, sociological, and economic world we understand better because of the scholarly attention to institutions.

Featuring contributions from leading researchers in the field from the US, UK, Europe and elsewhere, this Handbook will be of great interest to all students and scholars of political institutions, political behaviour and comparative politics.

Jennifer Gandhi is Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University.

Rubén Ruiz-Rufino is Lecturer in International Politics, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London.


Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The new economic institutionalism in historical perspective  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Studying institutions Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Endogenous change of institutions Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Formal and informal institutions Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Equilibrium analysis of political institutions Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Using field experiments to study political institutions Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Constitutions as political institutions Download PDF
Chapter  9:  From Duverger to Rokkan and back Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Parties and party systems  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Legislative organization and outcomes Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Executive-legislative relations Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Coalition formation and policymaking in parliamentary democracies Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Judicial institutions Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Federalism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Bureaucracy  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Election administration, election observation, and election quality  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The military’s role in politics Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Authoritarian institutions Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Fiscal institutions Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Labor market institutions and economic performance Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Domestic politics and international institutions Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Voting behavior and political institutions  Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Ethnicity and elections  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Political mobilization and institutions Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Political violence Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The institutional context of transitional justice Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The institutional components of political corruption  Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Political institutions and economic development Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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