OverviewThis new and comprehensive volume on the subfield of comparative political economy in political science provides a detailed overview over its intellectual roots, clarifies its contents, and introduces the readers to key debates while identifying new and exciting avenues for future research. Ideas, interests, and institutions have traditionally been the main focus points of this field, but culture provides an additional and often neglected area, providing the 'glue' that keeps national models of capitalism hanging together. The individual components of national models of capitalism also deserve closer scrutiny. The book includes empirical chapters covering industrial relations, labour markets, systems of education and training, finance, welfare state, and debt. It is geared at postgraduate students and researchers in the field.