Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction by Todd Landman

By Todd Landman

Construction at the strengths of the 1st variation, this obtainable and simple textbook explores the concepts of comparative learn in political technology. It starts off by way of reading various equipment, then highlights a number of the huge concerns in comparative politics utilizing a wealth of topical examples prior to discussing the recent demanding situations within the quarter. in addition to updating all through and the addition of latest fabric, this version is additionally supplemented via the supply on-line of the author's datasets.

Show description

Read Online or Download Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction PDF

Similar political history books

Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic

In pursuit of a extra refined and inclusive American heritage, the members to past the Founders suggest new instructions for the learn of the political background of the republic ahead of 1830. In methods formal and casual, symbolic and tactile, this political international encompassed blacks, girls, marketers, and local americans, in addition to the Adamses, Jeffersons, and Jacksons, all suffering of their personal how you can form the recent country and show their principles of yank democracy.

Foundations of Natural Right

Fichte's idea marks a vital transitional level among Kant and post-Kantian philosophy. Foundations of ordinary correct, idea by way of many to be Fichte's most crucial paintings of political philosophy, applies his principles to primary concerns in political and felony philosophy, protecting such issues as civic freedom, correct, inner most estate, contracts, kinfolk family, and the principles of contemporary political association.

International Relations in Political Thought: Texts from the Ancient Greeks to the First World War

This detailed assortment offers texts in diplomacy that diversity from old Greece to the 1st global battle. it's the greatest anthology at present to be had and comprises extracts from works via fifty thinkers, together with Thucydides, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, and John Stuart Mill. The texts are prepared into extensively chronological sections, every one headed by means of an creation putting the paintings in its ancient and philosophical context.

The United States, Britain and the Transatlantic Crisis: Rising to the Gaullist Challenge, 1963–68

The best hazard to Western harmony within the Nineteen Sixties got here no longer from a communist enemy yet from an best friend: France. De Gaulle challenged the dominance of the united states by means of bringing crises to the EEC and NATO and looking détente with the Soviet bloc. As this booklet indicates, the USA and Britain cooperated effectively to make sure that his plans didn't prosper.

Additional resources for Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction

Example text

Comparing many countries is referred to as ‘variable-oriented’, since its primary focus How to compare countries 25 is on ‘general dimensions of macro-social variation’ (Ragin 1994:300) and the relationship between variables at a global level of analysis. The extensive coverage of countries allows for stronger inferences and theory-building, since a given relationship can be demonstrated to exist with a greater degree of certainty. For example, Gurr (1968:1015) demonstrates that levels of civil strife across 114 countries are positively related to the presence of economic, political, short-term, and long-term deprivation.

Qualitative comparison of many countries is more difficult for two reasons. First, qualitative analysis generally requires a richer level of information, such as deep history of all the countries, which is often difficult to collect and synthesize. Indeed, Finer’s (1997) attempt to compare regime types over 5,000 years and across the globe represents a monumental task that occupied all the years of his retirement and produced a three- Issues and methods in comparative politics 26 volume study with 1,700 pages.

Perhaps more importantly, the qualitative distinction made among categories in comparative classification schemes necessarily precedes the process of quantification (Sartori 1970, 1994). And, as the ensuing chapters will demonstrate, it is clear that the field of comparative politics is richly populated with studies that use quantitative and qualitative methods (or both) at all levels of analysis, as well as across all methods of comparison. Summary This chapter has outlined the four main objectives of comparative politics and argued further that all co-exist and are necessary for systematic research.

Download PDF sample

Rated 5.00 of 5 – based on 30 votes