Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction / Edition 3

Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction / Edition 3

by Todd Landman, Edzia Carvalho
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415412366

ISBN-13: 9780415412360

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Building on the strengths of the first edition, this accessible and user-friendly textbook explores the strategies of comparative research in political science. It begins by examining different methods, then highlights some of the big issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples before discussing the new challenges in the area. As well as updating

Overview

Building on the strengths of the first edition, this accessible and user-friendly textbook explores the strategies of comparative research in political science. It begins by examining different methods, then highlights some of the big issues in comparative politics using a wealth of topical examples before discussing the new challenges in the area. As well as updating throughout and the addition of new material, this edition is also supplemented by the availability online of the author's datasets.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415412360
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: WHY, HOW, AND PROBLEMS OF COMPARISON

1. Why Compare Countries?

    Reasons for comparison

    The science in political science

    Scientific terms and concepts

    Summary

    Further reading

2. How to Compare Countries

    Methods of comparison

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single country studies as comparison

    Choosing countries and problems of comparison

    Summary

    Further reading

3. Comparing Many Countries

    Starting assumptions

    Measuring concepts

    Basic regression analysis

    Extending the basic regression model

    Limitations to global comparative analysis

    Summary

    Further reading

4. Comparing Few Countries

    Assumptions

    Case selection and research design

    Combining quantitative and qualitative comparison

    Limitations of few-country comparisons

    Summary

    Further reading

5. Single-Country Studies as Comparison

    Functions of single-country studies

    Raising observations in single-country studies

    Limitations of single-study studies

    Summary

    Further reading

PART II: COMPARING COMPARISONS

6. Economic Development and Democracy

    The research problem

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

7. Violent Political Dissent and Social Revolution

    The research problem

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

8. Non-Violent Political Dissent and Social Movements

    The research problem

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

9. Transitions to Democracy

    The research problem

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

10. Institutional Design and Democratic Performance

    The research problem

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

11. Human Rights

    The research problem

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

12. International Relations and Comparative Politics

    Research problems

    Comparing many countries

    Comparing few countries

    Single-country studies

    Summary

    Further reading

PART III: COMPARATIVE METHODS AND NEW ISSUES

13. Common Themes and Different Comparisons

    Methodological trade-offs

    Building theory

    Conclusion: drawing the lessons

    Further reading

14. New Challenges For Comparative Politics


Full circle

New methods

Maintaining relevance

Summary

Further reading

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