Sean Mueller explains centralisation and decentralisation across the 26 Swiss cantons using sociocultural, political-ideological, and macro-structural approaches. When decentralisation is first predicted using linear regression models, three significant variables emerge: political culture, area, and the strength of leftwing parties. Then, using process tracing, Mueller studies four cantons over time, to move from identifying correlation to establishing causation. Finally, the author draws causal inferences for (de)centralisation, urging future federal and territorial politics studies to reconceptualise decentralisation into three distinct but related dimensions and to bridge the theoretical gap between socio-cultural, structural and party-political approaches. 

'A groundbreaking demonstration of how readily available, reliable data can be used to enrich understandings of the subnational dynamics of governance.'
AJ Brown, Griffith University

Jacqui Briggs completes term as EPS editor 27/07/2015

After six years on the European Political Science (EPS) editorial team Jacqui Briggs completed will complete her term of office this month. Dr Briggs joined EPS in August 2009 with special responsibility for the Teaching and Leaning section of the journal and has been instrumental in the continued development and growth EPS has seen in content, readership and profile. As a journal of the profession the aim of EPS is unique, yet it has consistently achieved excellent Impact Factors over the past three years. Dr Briggs will be succeeded by Alasdair Blair.

Ken Carty completes term as Comparative Politics editor 24/07/2015

Ken Carty is due to complete his term of office on the ECPR’s Comparative Politics series this month. Professor Carty joined the editorial team in August 2009 and has been instrumental in the reinvigoration of the ECPR’s flagship book series. The Comparative Politics series regularly publishes cutting edge work from leaders of the profession and it plays a key role both in the ECPR’s publishing strategy, but also in driving the discipline forward. The ECPR wishes to both acknowledge and thank Professor Carty for his excellent work. Professor Carty will be succeeded by Susan Scarrow.

According to Freedom House, 'partly free' societies account for roughly a quarter of the world's population. Such countries are not blatantly authoritarian, because they have established, competitive elections. Yet their political systems suffer significant democratic deficiencies. What are the conditions for improvement? How do societies with some degree of democracy create free, open regimes? Which types of historical institutions and state-society relations help foster this? Homing in on two pivotal countries, Mexico and Turkey, Çelik Wiltse analyses the dynamics of democratic progress and consolidation from a comparative historical perspective. 

' illuminating account of how different forms of engagement with key external actors have succeeded in advancing the frontiers of democracy far better in Mexico than in Turkey over recent years.' Ziya Öniş, Professor of International Political Economy, Koç University