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.
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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.