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 third 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 behaviour, comparative politics, parties, and democracy. Contents: Introduction: Building and Sustaining Democracy. Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G. Niemi, and Pippa Norris. PART I: ELECTORAL INSTITUTIONS AND PROCESSES. Electoral Systems and Election Management. Elisabeth Carter and David M. Farrell . Political Parties and Party Systems. Susan E. Scarrow. Party and Campaign Finance. Ingrid van Biezen. Election Campaigns. Christopher Wlezien. Campaign Communications and Media. Claes H. de Vreese. PART II: PUBLIC OPINION AND VOTING. Ideology, Partisanship and Democratic Development. Russell J. Dalton. Political Participation. Andr Blais. Elections and the Economy. Timothy Hellwig. Women and Elections. Marian Sawer. Conclusion. The Consequences of Elections. G. Bingham Powell

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